WWE REcreated: The Club REbooked

 Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson a.k.a. “The Club” have been a part of WWE for over a year now since debuting on Monday Night RAW – April 11, 2016. Watching them over the last year I have found them to be nothing more then “just another team”. These two superstars had the background to be great within WWE. But between lacklustre promos, predictable feuds and an uneventful Tag Team Championship reign you have to wonder where did WWE go wrong. Although I feel bad for both superstars, this is not the first time WWE has lead Luke Gallows down the path of mediocrity. From his time as Festus, the simple-minded companion with anger issues to his under utilization with the Straight Edge Society (a storyline that could have done wonders for his career) Gallows has never been pushed the way he should be.

One thing I will give WWE is the way The Club debuted. Coming out of the audience and beating done a well-known team like The Usos was a way to turn the spotlight on them but like many of these moments the spotlight did not stay on them and it was turned into something that more benefited the feud of Roman Reigns and AJ Styles at the time. From there they joined forces with AJ Styles to join the battle against John Cena and starting the faction of “The Club”, a take on the Bullet Club from NJPW/Ring of Honour. As that storyline continued we approached the WWE Brand Split which saw Anderson & Gallows on the RAW roster while AJ Styles headed up the Smackdown Roster. From that point on Anderson & Gallows enter into an endless circle of empty threats and disappointing loses. While the WWE Universe waited for The Club to receive the push and title reign as a top heel tag team which would make sense looking at their resume, we were treated to embarrassing moments. These moments included countless matches with Enzo Amore & Big Cass, segments that did nothing to their quest to win the title and finally one of my least favourite moments a handicap match LOSS to Roman Reigns which made them look incredibly weak.

Finally on the pre-show for Royal Rumble Anderson & Gallows captured the WWE RAW Tag Team Titles. Now this should have been day one of a push this team has earned and could accomplish great things with. Sadly this was not the case and they seem to be treated like a place holder. They were the equivalent to the nerdy best friend that treats the prom queen (The WWE) like gold until the captain of the football team (The Hardys) became available. So the night after Wrestlemania Anderson & Gallows received their rematch but after that loss they were sent back to nothing.


In my opinion the two competitors pictured above deserve more and given the correct booking could be a tag team set in WWE history. The key part to that statement is “given the correct booking”. So going forward in this post I will describe three times so far in their [Anderson & Gallows] current WWE run where if handled different or even slightly tweaked could have steered them in a better direction.

1. The Debut
          I must lead off by telling you that I thoroughly enjoyed how Anderson & Gallows debuted. They came off as wrecking machines coming out of nowhere with a slightly unknown past and attacking The Usos, one of the most well-known tag teams of the last several years. But quickly their entrance seem to have one purpose and that was to blend in and build the AJ Styles vs Roman Reigns feud.

The Club should have continued its run in attacks on the tag team division. At the time of their [The Club] debut the WWE was having a Contenders Tournament which would have made it easier for them to slowly make their way through the division. Teams such as the Social Outcasts and El Matadors were in need of re-branding so they could have been written off TV with injury stories. Throughout their interfering moments I would have had Shane being seen becoming very frustrating wondering how this is continuing. He [Shane] would add more security, offer a bounty on Gallows & Anderson for  any superstars that catch them and even add stipulations to tag matches like Steel Cage and Lumberjacks to deter any inference. Having the conclusion of the tournament at Payback would still be booked. But would never take place due to The Club attacking both teams (Enzo Amore & Big Cass/The Vaudevillians) backstage. This would lead to The New Day [Champions at the time] calling out The Club and a brawl ensuing between the two teams. Shane and security would come out to break up the brawl.

The following night on RAW Shane would come out stating that he started this tournament to ensure that every team got their chance to prove they deserve a shit at the champions, The New Day. He would continue saying that because of the constant interference that did not happen but nonetheless business with go one so at Extreme Rules The New Day will defend their titles in a Triple Threat Match against Enzo Amore & Big Cass and The Vaudevillians. This cues all the teams to come out and cutting a promo. Stephanie would interrupt this promo and announce the she will be changing that match at Extreme Rules to a Fatal 4-way Elimination match and adding the newest members of the roster and then Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson walks out.

This build-up would set up The Club as more of threat to the division and through doing it this way you are drawing more attention to the Tag Team division. They could still have ties to AJ Styles but they don’t need to be supporting characters in what he is doing.

2. The 2016 DRAFT
          So in the summer of 2016 WWE announced they were doing a brand split and drafting all available talent to either Smackdown or RAW. During this draft AJ Styles was split from the other two members of The Club, Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows. This to me was a waste of the introduction of The Club which was just established months prior. Smackdown needed that solid heel presence seeing RAW was still going strong with Seth Rollins and his ties to The Authority at that moment. Styles was finishing his feud with John Cena and then moving on to a program for the WWE World Championship. So looking at that and adding Anderson & Gallows becoming the first WWE Smackdown Tag Team Champions you get a group of superstars controlling the top spots and allowing the build of true faces within the blue brand.

Gallows & Anderson were not needed on RAW post-draft. They were at a time in their build where they were still establishing themselves to the WWE Universe and more importantly the casual fans. Smackdown would have been perfect for them for 2 reasons;

  1. AJ Styles was about to go on a solid run and needed to build himself as a heel. The Club could have assisted building some strong heel heat for Styles while getting the rub from him launching them to the top of the roster.
  2. WWE was building a new tag division and through that they could have focused on building and re-branding teams. One of those teams were American Alpha, a squeaky clean band of All-Americans. Having them build fans by taking on anti-establishment tough guys like Anderson & Gallows would have been the first feud they needed.

Anderson & Gallows have the making of a dominant team and truly the centre of any future The Club may have as a faction in the WWE. Having them introduced only to be split up made no sense at the time and really left Anderson & Gallows floating out in “creative limbo” after the draft. They needed more and keeping them with AJ Styles would have done more for every superstar involved.

3. Superstar Shake-Up
Just after Wrestlemania this year a “Superstar Shake-up” was announced and it gave most of us fans some hope for the superstars that were currently not doing much creatively. I believe that with the Shake-up some superstars were merely moved to do the exact same thing on a different brand. In the case on Gallows & Anderson I believe they needed to be moved to get away from the same old thing. Having them on the “blue brand” opens the door for one of two things;

  1. Added to the tag division…right now the tag division on both shows is lacking in the area of mid-card storylines. I have said multiple times but there was once a period in WWE where every tag team was involved in some sort of feud and the universe was paying attention to every feud. Having a rough around the edges team like The Club would add to feuds against American Alpha and The Hype Bros.
  2. New enemies for SD’s new babyface AJ Styles… At the time of the superstar shake up AJ Styles had just finished his program with Shane McMahon and had declared that Smackdown was the “house that he had built”. So why not bring in a wrecking crew. Having The Club debuting on Smackdown the following week they could come in congratulating AJ Styles on a victory. And as they meet in the ring and exchange hugs and greetings then boom kick to the gut and Gallows & Anderson drop the Phenomenal One with a Magic Killer and end the show standing over him. This could lead to an angle where The Club starts a feud with AJ Styles and a partner, such as ShinskeNakamura. This would give credibility to the feud seeing all these men have a storied past in NJPW. Once this feud started to faid and The CLub needs something to keep them on top a new member could be added to The Club. My choice would be Adam Cole (former Bullet Club member from Ring of Honour) due to the fact that it puts a big spotlight on his debut and has him starting off with a big feud.
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Conclusion

Like I said above I feel that Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson are a very talented team that have the tools necessary to be a top tiered tag team in the WWE now and the foreseeable future. But for this to be the outcome they need the right stories and the right direction from a booking standpoint. If WWE Creative were to really focus on them and where they want them to be we can see some fantastic moments. Currently the WWE is in need of some serious heel antics and heat and The Club can provide that. There are Hardy’s that need to be “broken”, an Architect that needs “tearing down” to be built as a top face and a Beast that needs slaying to make way for the future.

 

WWE REcreated: Jinder Mahal and the Miracle of Smackdown Live


Jinder Mahal is about to challenge for the WWE World Title. And just for dramatic emphasis let me say that again, Jinder Mahal is about to challenge for the WWE World Title. Now I can not speak for all fans but personally I did not see this as a possibility for Mahal. To be completely honest with all of our readers I was very rattled when he won the #1 Contender’s Match. Then I was put in my place by a comment on Facebook that changed my perspective. A fellow blogger and wrestling enthusiast, Josh Kolic (Writer of The Hoop and The Harm) called out all Jinder Mahal “haters” when he reminded us that we have all been craving change in the company. And he is right. All of us “marks” have been moaning and complaining that WWE doesn’t push who they have and give us new top guys. We threaten to boycott the product over the constant barrage of “part-time champions. Well here we go this is what we were calling for. WWE has given us a new top heel.

The question that remains is, will they handle this in the correct way creatively? That’s what I will be discussing in this article. Now they have done some things right and some things wrong thus far and I will be touching on those items before continuing with my booking.

Jinder’s Promos

So often we see this same old gimmick, an evil foreigner comes out to a fury of USA chants waving his flag or wearing his traditional attire and we are told we have to hate him for his anti-western methodology.

Make Jinder Mahal different. Have him call us out. Make mention to the fact that the fans claim they want new main events and new champions but cry when it’s not Sami Zayn or Mojo Rawley. Tell us that we hate him because he was in 3MB and now he is going to be our next WWE World Champion.He should not preach superiority over us but call us out for thinking we are superior over him. Point out his hard work not only getting to the WWE but working as hard as he could to get back after the fans didn’t appreciate him before. Mahal has the ability to get heat but make it organic heat. Nothing gets the modern person more upset than being called out and having every said to be true.

The Theft of the WWE World Title

Now we all know why WWE did it. They were days away from Payback and they did not have a reason to keep the belt off the show and away from the debacle that was the “House of Horrors” match. So they wrote in a theft angle and you know what I liked it. It would play into his [Mahal] belief of entitlement that was discussed prior.

So why have Shane McMahon walk up to him [Mahal] in a backstage segment and just take it back. With that move WWE Creative showed their cards. They showed us that Mahal taking the title was nothing but a move just to cover their creative blunder.

Have Jinder Mahal build this into something. Have him insist on being introduced as the rightful WWE World Champion. Why not do promotional shoots where he is showing up at media events and interrupting Randy Orton. Even have Jinder Mahal thwart every attempt by management and Orton to retrieve the belt. Creatively this angle writes itself just give it legs and let it take off organically.

So let us continue…

Jinder Mahal has gathered major heat from reminding the WWE Universe that we are not the tolerant people we preach to be and on that note we are quite hypocritical. Let him add to this heat by stealing the belt and refuse to return it to Orton because he [Mahal] believes himself to be the rightful champion. This would lead us into the Backlash pay-per-view.

At Backlash I think it is very import for WWE to give Mahal and Orton the time to work and build some drama to their storyline. In no way should they make Mahal look inferior to Orton so that they may keep him in the main event level of their programming. Now I would suggest Randy Orton retaining the belt when the Singh Brothers interfere after an RKO is delivered to Jinder Mahal. This keeps a legitimate finish to the feud still to be craved. Jinder Mahal would join in on the mugging of Orton after the bell. I would have the referee attempt to collect the belt from the timekeeper’s table only to be blocked by one of the Singh brothers while the other brother grabs the belt. Mahal would again leave with the belt.

Drama Continues…

The following Tuesday night on Smackdown Live there would be a lavish party scene shown backstage. It would be set up like a V.I.P. area of an upscale club. Jinder Mahal would be celebrating keeping “his” title. Mahal and the Singh brothers would be surrounded by beautiful women and upscale food and spirits building up his personality as more upscale to match the limos and suits he has been presented in. Shane McMahon would be seen trying to get through security. McMahon would threaten to discipline Jinder if he is not aloud in the room. Mahal would wave off security from the door and have them guard the WWE World Title which would sit on a pedestal. Shane would have a conversation with Jinder Mahal warning him that Randy Orton will be there later that night and he [Mahal] will have to return the belt to the rightful champion. This statement would send Jinder Mahal in a rage cuing Shane to leave.

Towards the conclusion of the show Mahal would be shown sharing the story of his “hard fought” victory at Backlash to all of his surrounding party guests. They would pan out as the security guard at the door let out a chuckle. Jinder Mahal would be outraged and approach the security guard. The guard would turn showing Randy Orton in a security shirt. Orton would attack Mahal and then turn his attention to the Singh Brothers who are blocking the belt. Jinder Mahal would get to his feet and jump Orton from behind. Mahal would grab the belt and flee the scene with the title and the brothers. They would be seen getting away in a limo has Orton is in hot pursuit in his car as the show ends.

Tension Mounts…

After the attack at his party Jinder Mahal is shown the next week with more security and even make mention that he has instructed his legal team to look into a restraining order on Randy Orton. Jinder Mahal would get his revenge on Orton following a match as he instructs his private security to block WWE security from getting in the ring and allowing Mahal and the Singh Brothers to attack Orton and escape again with the belt.

The next week Shane McMahon would start the show by calling Jinder Mahal to the ring. Mahal and the Singh Brothers appear on the stage surrounded by their security team. Shane McMahon would go into how he is offended by the lack of respect Jinder Mahal has shown the company and the WWE Universe. Jinder would laugh at this statement and make a comment about the lack of respect the company and WWE Universe have for him. McMahon will go on to explain that he has come up with a solution to these problems Mahal has caused but will wait till Orton gets to the arena to discuss them. McMahon will go on and address the Singh Brothers saying that he has discussed their attendance at events with the management team and their contacts were never finalized so they are no longer welcome to loiter at his show. Shane McMahon would say they have the opportunity to earn full-time contacts if they win their in-ring debut tonight against American Alpha. Their match with AA would be strong in order to give the Singh Brothers a strong showing. Jinder Mahal would be on the stage in a lounge chair surrounded by his private security and the WWE World Title beside him on the pedestal. Towards the latter part of the match Jinder Mahal would approach the ring leaving security with the belt. Mahal would offer the distraction assisting the Singh Brothers in achieving their victory and WWE contracts. Randy Orton would jump out of the audience attacking Jinder Mahal on the outside while AA keeps the Singh Brothers occupied in the ring. The private security would leave the belt unattended as they go to protect Jinder Mahal. Randy would lay them out with a chair. Mahal would make a rush to get the belt but be stopped by Orton. As they brawl Shane McMahon interrupts on the microphone standing on stage holding the belt. McMahon would go on saying that Orton and Mahal need to respect this title more than they have been and put their egos aside. He [McMahon] would explain how he will be guarding the belt until they can finish this fight in the ring and the next time both men will see the belt is at Money in the Bank when it is hanging over the ring during their WWE Championship LADDER MATCH.

American Alpha and Randy Orton would team up against the Singh Brothers and Jinder Mahal on the “Go Home” show before Money in the Bank. This would be good for both teams seeing that AA has already become lost in the shuffle and need some inclusion in the higher level of talent and the Singh Brothers need to be seen as more than Mihal’s lackeys moving forward from this program. During the match they should announce that American Alpha and the Singh Brothers will be facing off in a rematch at Money in the Bank which would probably be the pre-show match.

Cause it is all about the Money Money Money….

The title ladder match at Money in the Bank has to accomplish 2 things;

  1. Jinder Mahal has to go over huge in this main event while gaining a large amount of heat from the fans.
  2. Randy Orton needs a way out of the main event scene for awhile a feud lower on the card.

So the match would have the makings of your standard ladder match. Somehow through the match the Singh Brothers would be vanquished to the back bringing in the opportunity for the match to go more to Orton’s favour. Randy would gain control of the match and even find a way to perform an RKO off the ladder dropping Mahal and leaving him in a daze. As Orton reaches the top of the ladder a mystery man in a hoodie would jump the guardrail and tip the ladder spilling Orton to the outside and allowing Jinder Mahal to climb the ladder and win the WWE World Title. The hooded man would reveal himself to be Mike “The Miracle” Bennett.

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The Aftermatch:

So as i said in the above the title match needed to add heat to Jinder Mahal which is accomplished by a title win due to interference. Also Orton needed a fresh feud leaving this match and he gets that with the debut of Bennett. The team up of Bennett and Mahal would be more of a link of mutual respect than the creation of a new stable. Bennett can make reference to people leaving the company and bettering themselves like Jinder Mahal has done. This would be a good tie in for his character seeing his wife, Maria, would be with him and did this with her career. They can even create some sort of drama storyline where Orton some how used is pull in the company to have Maria let go. This would take care of Bennett’s debut feud and give Orton a new feud in the process which I will continue in a future blog.

As far as Jinder Mahal goes he needs a fresh storyline after this going into Summerslam. The answer to this is simple…Rusev. For this to work you need to forget the video shown of Rusev where he is demanding the title shot at Money in the Bank and recycling his same old Bulgarian Bully shtick that has pushed him off the radar of most fans. Rusev needs to be reintroduced to fans as a dominant fighter with knowledge in multiple disciplines. They need to make Rusev a man of few words but yet still clear in his motives of becoming a champion. The feud of Mahal vs Rusev works very well when you consider their brief history on RAW that was dissolved when the two men no longer seen each other as an asset. With Rusev and Lana dissolving Rusev has the chance to repackage himself away from the foreigner gimmick.

 

 

WWE REcreated: #1 Contender for WWE Championship

So on Smackdown Live the “creative” team just gave us yet another multi-person contender’s match. This is becoming a trend in WWE. I find it so predictable that I find no interest in it, especially right now when they have so many talent options that they can build storylines with. So this is what WWE REcreative would do:

For this storyline we are going to begin with Smackdown Live airing April 18th and scrapping this awful idea of the 6 Pack Challenge. Instead of this the marketing for that show would have announced as Daniel Bryan naming a #1 Contender for the WWE Championship. This segment opens the show. As Daniel Bryan is discussing the title situation he should begin by telling the audience that he has discussed the WWE Championship match at Payback with RAW GM Kurt Angle. It has been renegotiated that the winner of the title match will be remaining on Smackdown Live with the loser signed to RAW. This creates more mystery of who will actually win at Payback between Randy Orton and Bray Wyatt. This brings us to the #1 Contender for this title after Payback going in to Backlash on May 21st, 2017. Then Baron Corbin’s music hits. He says that he is sick and tired of not getting what he deserves on this show. He has been screwed around every corner. It started with the Elimination Chamber and then the #1 contender battle royal. Corbin goes on saying that he then finished Dean Ambrose in a street fight and still didn’t get the Intercontinental Title he earned. So then he gets into how he wasn’t pinned last week in the triple threat match  for a shot at the United States Title. So as far as he is concerned he is the only person on this show that should be considered for this contender spot for the WWE Championship.  Daniel Bryan agrees with Corbin so as of this point he is the #1 contender for the WWE Championship. BUT that can change very easily. Baron Corbin is then explained that for the upcoming weeks he will be battling to keep his spot. Each week he will battle a new challenger if he loses to any one of them that winner will hold his contender spot. Corbin loses it and then Bryan says these matches start tonight when he faces Mojo Rawley.

#1 Contender Match – Baron Corbin vs. Mojo Rawley – April 18th

This match would be very physical and it would do good things for both men putting them in a main event on Smackdown. I would have it go back and forth with Rawley gaining the upper hand towards the end. Just then Jinder runs out offering a distraction. The referee sends him to the back and as Rawley turns around to tackle Baron Corbin it is reversed into the End of Days for the 1-2-3 and the victory. Daniel Bryan comes out and congratulates Baron Corbin for his cheap victory but he better be ready because next week he faces Luke Harper.

#1 Contender Match – Baron Corbin vs. Luke Harper – April 25th

This would be an incredible match. Luke Harper has done allot to take his stock to the next level performance wise. This would give him a chance to show more. These are two “big men” with amazing stamina and agility so this match would capture allot of attention. I would have Baron Corbin find a way to keep down Harper after multiple kick-outs. Taking advantage of Corbin’s frustration Luke Harper clear him out of the ring and as he is about to chase after him the lights go out and Erick Rowan appears in the ring, Harper goes to attack Rowan and the lights flash again Rowan is gone and Harper turns around in to an End of Days for the pin and the win. After Corbin leaves the ring and up the ramp after the lights flash one more time and come back on to Rowan attacking a downed Harper to set up a one-on-one match for Backlash. As we go to a camera backstage we see Corbin pass Daniel Bryan in the hallway. Corbin says looks like my competition has some enemies and walks away laughing. Bryan says well next week should be a different story, you face Sami Zayn. Daniel Bryan walks away and Corbin starts destroying items in the hall way.

**Author’s Note: The two contender’s matches ending due to outside interference would lead to other matches bring booked on the Backlash card. As well it adds heat on Corbin getting assisted wins.**

#1 Contender Match – Baron Corbin vs. Sami Zayn – May 2nd

I feel like this has the making of a really exciting match-up. I found this pairing delivered in their times together in NXT. This would be a Smackdown main event to talk about. Randy Orton would return on commentary for this match*. The match-up would have a small amount of back and forth in the beginning and then have Corbin slowly taking control of the match. Sami Zayn would have a point where he goes for something big on the outside and have Baron Corbin reverse it into a big spot through the announcers table. Baron Corbin rolls into the ring at a 5 count and as Zayn is being counted out 7….8….9….ZAYN ROLLS IN. This leads to Zayn kicking out of EVERYTHING. Corbin is getting more and more aggressive and sloppy. Corbin has Sami Zayn in the corner, goes for a running corner attack. Sami moves. Corbin bounces of the turnbuckle and Zayn counters into an Exploder into the turnbuckle. Corbin struggles to his feet. Sami Zayn connects with the Helluva Kick…1…2…3. Sami Zayn becomes #1 Contender for the WWE Championship.

**This post will assume Randy Orton is winning the WWE Championship due to Bray Wyatt moving to RAW. Also he would be kept off TV to sell his injuries from the House of Horrors Match. **

So this brings us to Smackdown Live on May 9th. Daniel Bryan comes out at the beginning of the show and announces for Sami Zayn. Zayn doesn’t come out. He announces him again and Zayn’s music starts but still no Zayn. Show goes to commercial and when it returns Daniel Bryan is shown in the back asking people if they have seen Sami Zayn and no one has. Throughout the night have the commentators announce that they are still trying to track down Zayn. End of the night comes and the Zayn’s music hits to a big pop. Baron Corbin comes out dragging an unconscious Zayn. Throws him in the ring and gets on the microphone. Corbin says that he will continue to dismantle Zayn until he gets the opportunity that was taken from him. Now I know we are in the PG-Era but I would have Zayn get a small cut so Corbin can say “Bryan this man’s blood is on your hands….GIVE ME MY TITLE SHOT.” Daniel Bryan comes out and begs for Corbin to stop. Corbin says Bryan knows what has to happen before he stops. Bryan gives in. Corbin gets his title shot. Corbin kicks Zayn out of the ring after taking a few more unnecessary shots on Zayn. Bryan gets security to accompany medics to retrieve Zayn. Bryan says at Backlash it will Randy Orton* vs. Baron Corbin. Then Randy Orton runs in for an RKO. At this point Orton should be written in as a face in this feud.

“We are now 5 days from Backlash” booms in Todd Phillips and announces a contract signing tonight on Smackdown Live (May 16th) for the WWE Championship match. Main Event segment Daniel Bryan stands in the centre of the ring. Corbin and Orton make their ways down. Bryan starts introducing the match. He is interrupted by Corbin who starts to trash talk Randy Orton and bragging about putting Sami Zayn on the shelf. He grabs the contract and signs. Bryan tries to continue his introduction of the match and Orton interrupts saying that he is not Sami Zayn and continuing “with all due respect Randy Orton will never be and Underdog.” He picks up the contract and signs. Bryan becomes assertive and interrupts the trash talk, “Gentlemen let me finish. As I was saying it will be Randy Orton defending the WWE Championship against Baron Corbin ….and…SAMI ZAYN.” Corbin goes after Daniel Bryan, Randy blocks the way with punches. Sami Zayn’s music hits. Zayn comes out. Zayn gets Bryan out of the ring. Corbin hits a clothesline on Randy Orton sending him out of the ring. Zayn rolls in to the ring. Hit a flurry of attacks sending Corbin outside with Orton. Looks at the audience and picks up the contract and signs. He then turns his attention to both men [Orton and Corbin] with a somersault over the top rope to the outside catching them by surprise. Smackdown ends with a shot of the three men lying on the outside.

The Aftermatch

This would be a good match to have the veteran sell for the new guys. Orton would take a clean pin on this match finish. I would have Corbin positioning Sami Zayn on the top rope. Randy Orton delivers an RKO on Corbin causing him to roll to the outside. Orton would frame up Zayn for an RKO off his top rope perch. Zayn reverses it but moving back and jumping down to deliver an Exploder into the bottom turnbuckle. As he goes for the Helluva Kick Corbin runs in and launches a running Zayn over the ropes. He drags Orton to the centre of the ring delivers an End of Days for the 1-2-3.

This accomplishes a serious boast in the stocks of both Corbin and Zayn. On top of this after dropping a rematch at Money in the Bank against Corbin it gives the option for Orton to step back for some time at home. Sami Zayn could also win the Money in the Bank. Sami Zayn could make it known he plans on challenging whoever the champion is in a WWE Championship Match at Summerslam.  And due to the fact that the next Smackdown pay-per-view after Money in the Bank is Battleground you could have Zayn and Corbin team up challenging the United States Champion and his challenger at the time and for fan’s sake we will say that it is Kevin Owens as champion and his challenger at Summerslam, Shinske Nakamura. A main event forcing opposites to team up would only help build the marquee summer event. Continuing off their [Corbin and Zayn] loss at Battleground it is booked to have Corbin, the heel champion stomping down and taunting the “Underdog from the Underground” into Summerslam. And this will set up for a big one-on-one match at Summerslam with Sami Zayn finally getting his first title win in WWE. He would then go and defeat Corbin in a rubber match at the next Smackdown Live Pay-Per-View. After this feud have Zayn hold the title for most of the year. This would launch two top prospects to the top of a show and having fans really focusing on the stars of the “New ERA”.

 

WWE Superstar Shake-Up REcreative: A Successful APOLLO Mission

So we are less than 24 hours from Night 1 of the Superstar Shake-up. The “red brand” made out very well on this deal receiving a cornucopia of talent ranging from pre-show darlings, women on a path to success, some established heels and a midcard champion. I wanted to take this time to focus on one acquisition in particular.


The first “shake-up” of the night came before RAW even started. It was announced on WWE.com that RAW had acquired Apollo Crews from Smackdown. This trade surprised me because up to this point WWE hasn’t known what to do with Mr. Crews. So this move can mean 1 of 2 things; either they will be shuffling this gentleman back and fourth without purpose until his contract runs out or he will actually be given a spot on the flagship show. I am honestly hoping for the latter. Apollo Crews is a very talented wrestler with amazing skills in the ring but he doesn’t possess the skills to get the casual fans to follow and invest in him.

So some people would suggest he needs a manager but in this current climate of WWE good ones are hard to find. I have seen the suggestion around the web that Paul Heyman would work. This is the thing wtih Heyman. He IS WITHOUT A DOUBT one of the best managers in the business but he does have a rocky track record when you look at his recent clients. Heyman has had five clients in the last several years (Brock Lesner, CM Punk, Cesaro, Ryback and Curtis Axel). 2 out of those 5 would be deem a success, those would be Lesner and Punk. What they have in common is a history with Heyman behind the curtain as much as they did in the ring. Heyman was the one that believed in these men and the stars they could be and eventually developed into. He had a vested interest in their success. Axel and Ryback were merely stepping stones in the eventual Brock Lesner vs CM Punk marquee match-up at Summerslam 2013. And when you look at Cesaro he was in a very similar spot that Apollo Crews sits now; a physical dynamo that could not get the crowd to pop if he set their seats on fire. So Heyman is not going to solve this problem unless he is the one with the matches.

This is where my creative plans comes in. On the April 3rd, 2017 we saw the debut of The Revival when they came in and decimated The New Day. They made a statement by “injuring” Kofi Kingston and putting him on the shelf. The next week they took on Big E and Xavier Woods. Again they made a statement. So what I purpose is Dash& Dawson come out next week on RAW saying they are not done with the NEW DAY. They go on to say that they are not looking for pin falls they are here to put people on the shelf. Xavier and Big E come out and tell Dash & Dawson they aren’t hard to find. We get a heated match. In the middle of the match they have Big E down and handcuff him to the ropes. They knock Xavier Woods out and lock his legs up to deliver the stomp from the top rope, exactly how they took Kofi Kingston out. The refs come out they get Xavier Woods and Big E to the back. Woods is screaming in pain getting wheeled into an ambulance and as Big E is climbing in with him Apollo Crews is scene looking on in concern.

The next week Big E comes out he says he is fine representing the POWER OF POSITIVITY alone and there is nothing The Revival can do. He continues by saying at  Payback they are going to see that. He says that he already talked to our New GM and got his match, a 2-on-1 handicap match. Out comes Dash with Dawson and we have a singles match. Big E would control the match forcing Dash outside of the ring multiple times to regroup. Finally through frustration Dash & Dawson jump Big E causing a disqualification. Big E would rally back forcing the Revival to flee leading us into Payback with Big E looking strong.

Payback arrives and we have Big E vs The Revival in a 2-on-1 Tag Handicap match. This one goes exactly how one would imagine with Big E holding his own at the beginning but due to underhanded tactics The Revival would take the upper hand. After finishing Big E with the Shatter Machine for the 1-2-3. The attack doesn’t end there. As Dawson locks the legs up and Dash goes to climb to the top to take out the last member of the New Day Apollo Crews comes out and clears the ring. As Dash & Dawson stand outside the ring yelling back Apollo would then drop them with a diving attack to the outside taking them both out causing a retreat by The Revival as he [Apollo Crews] helps Big E to his feet.

This would lead to the teaming of Big E and Apollo Crews. With Big E’s charisma the WWE Universe would slowly see a charisma rub on Crews’ character. This is exactly what Apollo needs. Big E is more than a manager Big E is a crowd favourite. By having Apollo save and befriend Big E he absorbs the popularity of the New Day that was seen to be lost when Kingston and Woods were hurt. Now the best thing at this point is to have The Revival continue the feud with Big E & Crews. They could run in on their matches against other teams or even address each other through promos. Eventually when they do face-off I would have Woods outside the ring with crutches. Somehow have him assist with a win over The Revival. This causes a rift. Apollo doesn’t want to win in this way and you see a divide starting.

Eventually Woods returns first from his injury. He is visably bothered by Apollo Crews but Big E is doing a good job patching all visable problems. This would move into Apollo & Big E building a winning streak (sometimes with the unknown help of Xavier on the outside) and lead them to a Tag Team Title program. They ultimatley win the titles and during a celebration we see the return of Kofi Kingston. 

Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods are on the mics. They congratualte Big E for holding it down while they were gone. Totally ignoring Apollo Crews you can see Big E getting awkward. He jumps on the mic and says its good to have his borthers back in the ring but he couldnt have down this without Apollo. Woods starts laughing. He makes the claim that they wouldn’t be holding the titles with out his help. Apollo gets rattled and gets in Woods’ face. As Big E pulls him back Kofi and Xavier land a double kick over Big E’s shoulder taking Apollo out. As Big E begs and plees with them they turn shrug at each other like “why not” and take out Big E. We witness the END OF THE NEW DAY as a trio.

“The Aftermatch”

This can lead in to multiple stories; the obvious Tag Team Title feud of The “New” New Day vs Big Apollo. This could go for at least 2 pay-per-views. And then when it is played out you have the eventual heel turn of Apollo Crews on Big E. Big E has the potential for a great singles run but first will need to shed his associates. Through this Apollo gets a new look with a heel New Day or goes off on his own as the man who is sick of helping people and getting no further for it. 

All in all this makes sense. The New Day is becoming stale but still has enough crowd power that they can help a star that needs it. You create branches of the storyline that can build within each other which WWE wouldn’t accomplish by just adding a fourth member. Big E and Apollo have enough of a similarity in style that they compliment each as a Tag Team and because Xavier and Kofi act as the current mouthpieces they are already making Big E look like the odd man out.

With one storyline you can easily turn this into multiple organic stories giving the superstars so many creative ways to take it. 

WWE REcreated: Superstar Shake-Up


Well we are officially on the other side of Wrestlemania. As a fan I was pleased with the show. Of course I was bias of a few storylines and finishes feeling I could have booked them better. That is just the type of fan I am and will always be. If I wasn’t this blog wouldn’t make little to no sense.

As always the #RAWaftermania was a fresh start where we see new stars coming in, some stars taking breaks or in this year’s case a Phenom retiring. But all in all it gave an opening for CHANGE.

I was very happy to see Vincent K. McMahon make his way on to the screen This man, like it or lump it, is a one of a kind business man. Watching him play the crowd as he did was, as always, a thing of beauty. He also gave us a well needed announcement of a “Superstar Shake-Up” to change things up. I was not expecting this till closer to June but an very happy it is sooner than later. So thanks to this announcement I will focusing on the Shake-Up in this week’s blog.

Now there was an article on McMahon’s Announcement on WWE.com where they give vague details on how this will work. They make mention to the possible “trades, deals and other moves” but for the sake of this post I will be focusing on;  multiple acquisitions that would benefit each show, as well as those trades I will be making a recommendation for a NXT call up for each show.

RAW Acquisition #1: Mojo Rawley

This just makes sense when you consider the ending of The Andre the Giant Battle Royal. As I stated in Wrestlemania 33 REcreated: Runners-Up & the Honourable Mentions this match needs to start meaning something. It needs to be a leap off point for a superstar. Not meaning a future main event spot or world championship status but at least a purpose. At Wrestlemania Jinder Mahal and Mojo Rawley shared the beginnings of a possible feud. Although I have no doubt that the best we can get from this conclusion is a pre-show match nonetheless it is still giving these two superstars something. Now at the conclusion of this obviously its best to have Mojo Rawley go over and lead to another mid-card feud that at least has my attention between major segments on RAW. I would watch Mojo vs. Rusev, or even Mojo vs Titus O’Neil. Again this won’t be for a title but still has a slight amount of storyline to a stale midcard. In fact I would even tie this to the future signing of Zak Ryder and the possibility of a Hype Bros midcard run in the Tag Team Division of RAW.

Smackdown Acquisition #1; Sheamus

Yes I know that he is slated for a Tag Team Title match with Cesaro against current champions The Hardy Boyz. Leading into this match have Cesaro receive an open contract from Daniel Bryan where Bryan tells Cesaro that if he ever wants more opportunity there is a spot on Smackdown. Cesaro and Sheamus lose their match resulting Sheamus attacking Cesaro, signing his name to the open contract and laying it on top of his former partner. At this point in his career Sheamus can hold a standard feud against talents such as Tye Dillinger, Luke Harper or even a returning Shelton Benjamin. I think Sheamus has hit a point where we won’t see a major title reign but he does have enough appeal and at times natural heat to work a midcard match on a secondary Pay-Per-View. He could even take something stale like The Ascension and either join forces or infiltrate this team breathing fresh life into it. Even if they swap out the leather battle gear and wore kilts and acted as Sheamus’ muscle it would be an improvement to their current slip into tag team obliviousness.

Raw Acquisition #2; Breezango a.k.a The Fashion Police

Ok please don’t stop reading this. There is a point to this trade. This is not for the team itself but more for the parts. I would actually do this and do some sort of comedy storyline where Fandango actually turns on Tyler Breeze for the rights of a time share from the Shining Stars. Yes this is cheesy but it appeals to the PG audience and it writes Fandango off TV until they can repackage Johnny Curtis. That guy was able to hold a decent program in NXT but has been dropped down to a filler on the main roster. As far as Tyler Breeze goes he is a similar story. He once was the NXT Champion, a main player and is now just another name in a team. Picture an embarrassed partner-less Breeze walking backstage after Fandango leaves him in the ring. Approached by Cedric Alexander who offers his hand in friendship. Breeze attacks Alexander for his “offer of pity to the Prince of Pretty”. Boom Breeze is 205 and given new life. We would automatically get matches that would have the internet buzzing every Wednesday after 205 Live. Think about it Breeze vs Alexander,Breeze vs TJ Perkins and piece du resistance Neville vs Breeze vs Austin Aries in a Triple Threat Match.

Smackdown Acquisition #2: Enzo Amore & Big Cass

So we all saw last week as Enzo & Big Cass quickly lost their chance at their first Tag Team championship within the WWE. They followed that up with a loss to Sheamus and Cesaro the next night. This team needs a new home. They still have the audience’s attention and the crowd appeal that is needed on Smackdown. They also the appeal of a top contending team to quickly top the Tag Team Division  on Smackdown. This would set up  a feud with The Usos. This also effects not only the Tag Division as it would the Women’s Division with a Naomi heel turn protecting the title reign of her husband and his brother painting the picture for Carmella dropping the horrible storyline with Ellsworth and evening the odds against Naomi and The Usos when she joins forces with Enzo and her real life boyfriend Big Cass.

RAW Acquisition #3: Dean Ambrose

So Ambrose has been a slight creative slunk since losing the WWE World Title to AJ Styles. Now obviously he wouldn’t bring the Intercontinental Title over with him. This would set up a situation where it would be Title vs Contract against Baron Corbin this week on Smackdown. Ambrose losing does two things; first it gives Baron Corbin a title win and a spotlight. And secondly it gives Ambrose a chip on his shoulder. He is now the unappreciated employee who saw all of his efforts go towards nothing. He sees himself as a whipping boy. He is shown blowing off shows and not doing what is asked of him. He can even do an angle where he goes on strike and pickets his own matches. Stephanie would take this personally a constantly make an example of him. This forces him to gravel for his job but is still “fired” for his efforts. He then goes into a fit of rage leading to the point where he “snaps” and truly becomes a lunatic. And just like that Ambrose becomes the modern day hero to the menials and their sense of entitlement.

Smackdown Acquisition #3: Sami Zayn

Sami Zayn needs a push and with the amount of talent that is being pushed on RAW right now Zayn has been reduced to a stepping stone for guys like Owens, Strowman and Samoa Joe. On Smackdown Zayn is the midcard hero with main event potential. Off the top of my head I see three feuds with 5-Star Match possibility; Dolph Ziggler, Baron Corbin and The Miz. Even title feuds with fellow baby-face Shinsuke Nakamura  would produce memorable matches suitable for one of the Big 4 Pay-Per-Veiws.

RAW Acquisition #4: AJ Styles 

In one year he rose to the top of the card for Smackdown and gave them the push they needed. Now is his chance to run the flagship show. Right off the bat you get a feud with Samoa Joe. This feud is something we have seen many times before but no doubt these two superstars would up their game when it comes to doing it in a WWE ring. We also have the potential in a feud with Kevin Owens for the United States title. And the cherry on the ice cream sundae would be having ALL Club members (Styles, Balor, Anderson and Gallows) on one show. This could lead to joining forces, or even a power struggle leading to a Balor vs Styles program that would be so good for both superstars. This is a move that brings attention to RAW in the best way.

Smackdown Acquisition #4: Seth “Freakin” Rollins

Seth is someone who can lead a brand but on RAW he loses the opportunity with so many leading stars. Seth has established himself as a worker in the eyes of the “bosses” but still needs a chance to appeal to the fans. Smackdown gives him that chance. Against stars in Smackdown has can build a fan following and find his way back to the top holding another WWE World Title. He also has the ability to switch down the road and have an amazing heel run versus Nakamura, Zayn or even Dillinger.

RAW  New Superstar Acquisition

Cesaro stands in the ring. He has just been betrayed by Sheamus. He talks about how he knew better but still trusted Sheamus. Anderson & Gallows come out. They say you need to have a brother in arms. You need a soldier as well as a friend. But as they can see Cesaro doesn’t have that which is bad news for him but good news for them. Just as they climb in the ring we see the run out by Kassius Ohno A.K.A. Chris Hero. Cesaro and Ohno clear the ring and casual fans get to witness reincarnation of the KINGS OF WRESTLING (but of course under a new name).

Smackdown  New Superstar Acquisition
This one is very simple. I would bring up Andrade “Cien” Almas. He is currently coming into his own as a heel on NXT. He can start out with an attack on Tye Dillinger another NXT call up. It can be built as him feeling disgruntled against former NXT superstars that got called up before him. Leading to Apollo Crews and Kalisto. And if that takes off his path would lead to a showdown with Nakamura or even Seth Rollins.

“The Aftermatch”

Now I understand allot of these trades are no mind altering blockbusters but there is one thing they all do. They all add substance. They add options for the parts of each show that lack something. Vince Russo often refers to a time during the Attitude Area where every superstar was given something. And that gave each segment of WWE TV something. We need that back. Fans need options. Not everybody needs to cheer for the main event as long as they are given something else to cheer for along the way. 

Wrestlemania 33 REcreated: Runners-Up & the Honourable Mentions


So we are days away from the “Showcase of the Immortals”. This is something that as wrestling fans we wait for yearly. It not only concludes our year (or “season” if you will) but within 24 hours it sets the tone and direction of storylines for the next year. Over the past few posts I have chosen a handful of matches that I tweaked in order to properly conclude open stories but also give us a new direction for the participants. I know there are some matches I have missed. Those matches will be addressed with this post and hopefully I will show you the reader a direction for each wrestler involved. As well as making mention to a few matches I believe we’re missed opportunities.
1. Andre the Giant Battle Royal 

This match has now become a staple on the card. As of yet we have not seen this match or its winners getting the hype they deserve. So for this year I believe we should have seen a series of stories intertwined within the match. Examples of this would be the current battles between Sami Zayn vs Samoa Joe or even Dolph Ziggler vs Apollo Crews. That way we become invested in this match. As for a winner I would like to see one of the following 3 men win it; Sami Zayn, Braun Stroman or Samoa Joe. Instantly the winner whomever that will be should become a major player on his brand. If they are going to continue this match yearly WWE should invest in it more. We are entering its fourth instalment and it’s already a pre-show match no one is excited for. 
2. Smackdown Tag Team Championship Match 

As I spoke of in my article Wrestlemania 33 Recreated: RAW Tag Title Match the current Tag Team scene of both brands is lacklustre. I would say this is more the case with Smackdown over RAW. American Alpha is a team that has promise and booked right could be a marquee team caring the future of Tag Team Wrestling. So at Elimination Chamber they [American Alpha] defeated every team in a Tag Team Turmoil Match. This solidified them as the top team and clearing the road for a new challenger. That’s where the call up of The Revival from NXT comes in. These are two teams that not only have history but within that history they stole the show (in my opinion) at last years NXT Takeover: Dallas during Wrestlemania Weekend. The booking for this could last months or even be repeated throughout the year. You may even see a triple feud with these teams and The Usos that could be compared to the feud featuring The Hardys, Edge & Christian and The Dudleys during the Attitude Era. Obviously this feud would be more on the technical side. 
3. The Intercontinental Championship Match 

This match needs very little tweaking as I believe they did an amazing job at the beginning. Once we were past that I felt they dropped the ball. After Baron Corbin made the case of Dean Ambrose taking away every chance of success he had there should have been more substance. I want to see it get really personal. This would also be a perfect chance for Ambrose to reinvent himself as a true lunatic. The more Corbin pushes Ambrose the closer he gets to snapping and then finally have him get very intense during their match. It just seems since loosing the WWE Title Ambrose has resorted to being more of a comedy act than a lunatic. Corbin is the perfect opponent to push Ambrose. Have Ambrose go over at Wrestlemania but Corbin finish the feud on top with the belt at the next PPV.
4. United States Championship Match

Now for any readers out there that have read my post Wrestlemania 33 REcreated: Championships & Legacies you know that I had Sami Zayn win the United States Title at Fastlane with an assist by Kevin Owens in away that had Zayn completely unaware of the assist. The following night on RAW Zayn would come out and call out Mick Foley. He would give a speech about earning his spot in the WWE and wanting to earn his first title win and in conclusion relinquishing the title. Foley would say he understands and would give Sami a chance to win that title fair and square. Stephanie comes out and says Foley doesn’t make this decision because she has already made the decision that there will be an 8-Man tournament culminating at Wrestlemania. This would lead into Sami Zayn facing competition like Mark Henry as well as The Big Show and finding a way to win. On the other side of the bracket Samoa Joe would be demolishing Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel. This would lead to Samoa Joe vs Sami Zayn for the United States Title. As for the finish it should be booked to have Sami Zayn fighting with everything he has but at the end Stephanie finds a way to screw him over having Samoa Joe still winning in a big way. This gives Samoa Joe his first belt and at the next PPV Rollins can cost Joe the title giving Zayn the title and setting up a program with Rollins and Samoa Joe.

5. Smackdown Women’s Championship Match 

This is the perfect opportunity to push the envelope with the Women’s Revolution. Every year Wrestlemania features a multi-person ladder match and I think this would be a perfect year to leave this one to the women. With RAW’s Women Division slightly overshadowing the Smackdown women this would give them their own spotlight on the grandest stage. This also is such a healthy mix of styles that it gives the opportunity for some amazing spots and a very memorable Wrestlemania moment. With six superstars announced already it wouldn’t be difficult to round up to 8 with the edition of Tamina Snuka and Emma. I would have Alexa Bliss retain with some sort of double cross over Mickie James. I think a program with a veteran like James would truly elevate Bliss further. 
6. HHH vs Seth Rollins

I have nothing bad to say about this match or the booking. Reason for this was the unforeseen injury to Rollins. Hypothetically Rollins vs Samoa Joe would have been at Fastlane. If this was the case I would have had a DQ finish with Samoa Joe and HHH brutalizing Rollins. HHH could then make the case on RAW that he has officially ridded the WWE of their “Rollins problem”. Rollins would then come out with a Sledge Hammer taking out Samoa Joe and HHH. He would make a comment how HHH would have to put him on a stretcher permanently to get rid of him setting up for their match at Wrestlemania as a Stretcher Match. Just like their match at Wrestlemania now there would be plenty of violent spots with Rollins ultimately going over strong but finishing with Samoa Joe getting involved.
7. The Undertaker vs Roman Reigns

This is a match that I honestly think has the most possibility. I just feel that it had the possibility of appearing more organic but was rushed. At Fastlane WWE threw away allot of the “monster” build of Stroman with no benefit. The ending could have came with Stroman being dropped by multiple Superman Punches and Spears and right before the pin a gong sounds Reigns is distracted and leads to Stroman taking advantage and finishing Reigns. The next night have Reigns call out the Undertaker and then build it from their. Show The Undertaker clearing getting to Roman Reigns and continue having Hall of Famers warning Reigns. At Wrestlemania have Stroman come out after both men have thrown everything at each other and decimate both men. Because it ends in this way it would lead to Reigns taking the WWE Universal Title and have his rematch with Undertaker at Wrestlemania 34 Title vs Career. It would be “Best For Business” if the WWE Universe was made aware of the chance of The Undertaker ending his career at next year’s Wrestlemania. Think about it; James Ellsworth vs Bo Dallas in an Iron Man Match could be your co-main event and you would still sell out if there was a possibility of The Undertaker wrestling his last match on that card.
I want to end this post by wishing all of you a Merry Wrestlemania and a Happy RAW the night after!

Wrestlemania 33 Recreated: Championships & Legacies 


I realize these posts are becoming more and more frequent but we are going to witness Wrestlemania 33 within a weeks time. That means I am running out of time to tell all of you how I would make it better. So why not make this post a goodin’ and tweak with Chris Jericho vs Kevin Owens as well as the main event of Goldberg vs Brock Lesner. Now there maybe some of you out there damning me for tampering with these but please keep reading because it gets good. 
In a previous article [ Wrestlemania 33 Recreated: The Smackdown Shuffle ] I promised to reveal who I would have had win the Royal Rumble match. This scenario is very important to the rest of this post. 

The roles these superstars played at Royal Rumble would not be altered too much. As well as #30 being Roman Reigns because it does add heat and will truly make the finish to this Rumble much better. So since Bray Wyatt/Randy Orton are no longer in the final 3 we need to replace them. Filling that void will be The Undertaker and Y2J. If you remember in the original match during Goldberg/Brock Lesner annihilation of the participants Jericho was hit. In my booking he [Chris Jericho] would take this opportunity to slide under the bottom rope and hide under the ring. So when it is only Roman Reigns and The Undertaker in the ring the opportunity for an epic stare down has more meaning then it did in the original Rumble match. They have a light exchange with no big moves. Undertaker wobbly on the ropes. Roman knocks him over with a Superman Punch. Crowd explodes with boos. Just then Jericho rolls in and throws Reigns over. CROWD EXPLODES! And Royal Rumble ends with Jericho posing allowing the fans to drink in the “Gift of Jericho” mannnnn.

So the next two weeks worth of segments on RAW would only be moderately changed. I believe Paul Heyman’s promo challenging Goldberg at Wrestlemania was well executed so I won’t dare touching that. As for JeriKO that first RAW after I would have KO miss RAW and show some distance with Jericho calling and leaving voicemails for KO. He can apologize but tell him [KO] he will explain next week. The next week have KO debut his new show. Jericho comes out and is begging for Kevin to hear him out. He is telling Kevin he is going to ask to challenge for WWE Title that way after he beats whoever that Smackdown Idiot is and he is champion they can be the World Championship Buddies. Goldberg interrupts saying Jericho might want to wait on that because Kevin Owens might not be the champion come Wrestlemania because he just spoke to Stephanie and at Fastlane Owens…YOU’RE NEXT. And Lesner after he is done with Owens and reigning champion he will finish Their dance at Wrestlemania. 

Going in to Fastlane JeriKO have seemed to patch things up. Jericho pushing that in case Goldberg wins JeriKO will still main event Wrestlemania. 

Two weeks before Fastlane Jericho would defend his United States Championship against Sami Zayn. Owens is in Jericho’s corner. Referee takes a bump. KO takes a chair to Sami Zayn knocking him out then turns to Jericho telling him to get the referee. Jericho turns and Owens hits him with a chair shot and finishes with a Pop-Up Powerbomb. He then lays Zayn on top of Jericho and wakes the ref. 1-2-3 Zayn wins. Zayn is confused as he comes too with his hand lifted as new U.S. Champion (This will be addressed in my next post). Referee helps him to the back and KO continues to beat on Jericho. The week before Fastlane Kevin would deliver his same promo with a few edits. He would say after Goldberg continues the evolution of Kevin Owens he will get rid of the tumour that is Chris Jericho in the MAIN EVENT OF WRESTLEMANIA.

Fast forward to Fastlane. Same song and dance. Bell rings cue Jericho’s music. Spear followed by Jackhammer. Then as Goldberg goes for a pin Brock Lesner’s music hits and as The Beast stares down Goldberg from the apron a defeated Owens gets to his knee and delivers a desperate low blow. Referee calls for the bell. Goldberg wins by DQ and Owens retains setting up for …

CHRIS JERICHO vs KEVIN OWENS for the WWE UNIVERSAL CHAMPIONSHIP.

As Goldberg lays in the ring Lesner would come down which gives KO an exit opportunity. Lesner stands Goldberg up screaming “I will ruin you” delivers an F-5 to end the PPV. The next night on RAW Goldberg calls out Lesner. Paul Heyman comes out. Gives a promo on how his client will not stop till he has destroyed the legacy of Goldberg. Goldberg says they will settle this at Wrestlemania. Heyman agrees but says Brock Lesner wants to make sure they do so on his client’s behalf he is here to challenge Goldberg to a Career vs Career match at Wrestlemania. Just then Brock runs in from behind but Goldberg ducks and hits Brock with a spear. He then picks up the microphone and says they have a deal which gives us … 
GOLDBERG vs BROCK LESNER with their CAREERS ON THE LINE.

These matches book themselves from here. We get 3 weeks of Kevin Owens and Jericho calling each other out. Owens declares Jericho was the anchor and Jericho has the case that he was the only reason Owens is still champion. They could throw personal barbs at each other and even have them interfering in each other’s matches. 

With Goldberg and Brock I would promote with interviews and match footage. Week before Wrestlemania they can do a contract signing and end the episode with a stare-down no physical altercation. 
The Y2JvsKO Aftermath: 

As we all know Chris Jericho has Fozzy plans after Wrestlemania so obviously KO retains. That is not the only reason for this decision though. Since August KO has delivered some of his best work and he can only go up from this. His match with Jericho has the potential of stealing the show. So why not keep that hype on your champion. Belts should reward workers and not benefit part-timers.

Plus that gives a program to Finn Balor when he returns the next night on RAW. Champion versus the Man that didn’t loose his belt. 
The GOLDBERGvsLESNER Aftermath:

Without question Lesner takes this match. He retires Goldberg. And here is why; when Lesner beat Undertaker’s streak his stock when up. Add Goldberg’s retirement and Lesner is untouchable. Until WWE have a future talent with the potential to be their next monster. Which can be obtained when that monster stands tall over the defeated Beast. Part-timers should always be a piece in the building of the future.