Ronda Rousey’s Roman Reigns-Logan Paul WWE plan has major flaw

Ronda Rousey’s Roman Reigns-Logan Paul WWE plan has major flaw

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Ronda Rousey’s coronary heart is in the proper place and her endgame is completely appropriate, however the roadmap she laid out for a way WWE must be courting Logan Paul is a bit untimely.

The SmackDown ladies’s champion gave her tackle how she could be reserving Paul in his upcoming match towards Undisputed WWE Common champion Roman Reigns at Crown Jewel on Nov. 5 whereas talking on her gaming stream final Tuesday.

Rousey, who is true in saying WWE wants to verify Paul “loves this and has a completely superb time and needs to make this his residence,” mentioned she would have the YouTube sensation-turned-combat sports activities star defeat Reigns in Saudi Arabia. It might be a strategy to “legitimize” him and “elevate” Reigns by getting the champ right into a back-and-forth with a star as recognizable as Paul. All truthful factors and WWE has definitely arrange the potential for Paul profitable by pushing that every one he wants is one good or fortunate punch to take action.

She has all of it resulting in a feud between The Bloodline and Logan and his brother Jake Paul, who would get entangled to even the chances and ensure Logan goes over. Rousey sees it as one thing WWE may take to WrestleMania 39 if want be. She even floated the thought of getting Logan and Jake turning into heel tag champions and feuding with The Bloodline as one other strategy to get to WrestleMania. In her thoughts, WWE must be doing no matter it takes to carry the Pauls into the fold.

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“My objectives could be to verify the Paul brothers have an important f–king time, you place them over hardcore and make it so that they need to make this their residence,” Rousey mentioned. “They’re going to make much less cash doing this than these boxing fights. The one means you’re going to be doing one thing making much less cash together with your time is since you like it extra. They must principally court docket them.”

It’s fairly clear WWE is attempting to take action, however in its personal delicate methods. It has let Logan Paul form of simply be himself and not likely get pushed as a babyface or heel although the viewers appears as if it desires him to be the latter. Paul mentioned on a latest look on Fox’s “Out of Character” podcast that he sees himself as “a little bit of a hybrid.” WWE has instantly given him a championship conflict with its largest star after simply two complete matches and just lately had him practice with Shawn Michaels. Each Michaels and Triple H have been on Paul’s “Impaulsive” podcast, so now he’s getting some crossover into his world, too.

However there are some issues probably standing in the best way of Rousey’s dream state of affairs – although it might be a good backup plan if The Rock isn’t involved in going through Reigns at WrestleMania. One, Paul is just not actually a full-time performer with the corporate. He’s signed by way of subsequent 12 months to carry out throughout a number of occasions. He’s a particular attraction. Being the primary particular person to beat Roman Reigns in additional than 785 days must be reserved for a expertise that’s going to be there day by day, like a Seth Rollins, Cody Rhodes or Bray Wyatt, who can hold that over Reigns for years to return. Not in a spectacle match for the crown prince now that WWE is out of Perspective Period stars to ship to Saudi Arabia to wrestle.

If something, WWE ought to dangle an eventual title run and the precise program Rousey is presenting as a carrot to get Logan and ultimately Jake to decide to the corporate full-time and never give it to them earlier than. Jake shall be free after his boxing match with Anderson Silva on Oct. 29. Crown Jewel every week later could possibly be an important alternative for WWE to create one thing they’ll put a pin in for at any time when it’s wanted or at any time when the contracts and cash are proper. As a result of as Rousey mentioned, the Paul brothers can nonetheless make much more cash in a boxing ring.

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Logan Paul shouldn’t beat Reigns. He ought to land that fortunate punch and are available inside an inch of victory earlier than The Bloodline prices him the win. That will lay the groundwork for Jake to hitch him if and when the time is true for them to be full-timers. Till then, ending Roman’s reign must be reserved for somebody who already is.

Entice the Paul brothers with that, in case you should. Present Logan and Jake the cash angle is there for them if they provide a better dedication to WWE so the corporate can additional decide to them. Rousey’s heading in the right direction. She’s only a bit too giving and perhaps a bit early.

Serve and volleyed

Did MJF simply get outmaneuvered by William Regal in the most effective promo segments ever in AEW? MJF, who has been on one other stage since returning at All Out for his massive payday, unloaded an entire lot of actual emotion on Regal – even looking to seek out his phrases at one level – about how the legend handled him whereas he was operating NXT. In accordance with MJF, Regal saved dangling a break in WWE for when he turned 21 solely to take it again. MJF then learn an e mail that he has saved on this telephone to this present day by which Regal, who’s smirking the entire time, challenged him to go make a reputation for himself within the enterprise, after which he’d be worthy sufficient for a spot. It was so good that the Cincinnati crowd gave MJF a roaring ovation and began to boo Regal.

The Villain then turns all of it again on MJF in a masterful volley of a crowd’s allegiance. Regal tells him he despatched the e-mail as a result of he noticed his expertise and wished to inspire him to achieve it, then chided him for all of the shortcuts he’s taken to take action. MJF turned so angered and nearly bowled over by how simply Regal volleyed all of it again that he fully gave up the “Cash-In-Financial institution” sort cash-in benefit of his poker chip and challenged AEW champion Jon Moxley – a member of Regal’s Blackpool Fight Membership – to a match at Full Gear to show to him he can win the world title the proper means. In concept, that ought to profit Moxley.

The promo was an enormous win for AEW and set the underlining story round Moxley-MJF, contemplating the champ “cheated” to win the pair’s first match at All Out in 2020. The query now’s will MJF hold his phrase? If he does, it should give his world title run that rather more weight and perhaps give him a greater probability to lean babyface if want be.

Mr. Leisure

For the longest time, Johnny Gargano was arguably probably the most entertaining factor on NXT tv and we acquired a glimpse of that man for the primary time on Uncooked. “Johnny Wrestling” and his supply shined his segments with The Miz, R-Reality, JBL and Baron Corbin. Gargano mocked all of Corbin’s title modifications, price Miz the match by dressing as Dexter Lumis, donned JBL’s cowboy hat on the announce desk and known as the “Wrestling God”, “MC Hammer pants” due to his saggy go well with. He now has an angle going with Miz asking him to inform the reality in regards to the state of affairs with Lumis. Name him Johnny Cliffhanger.     

The ten Rely

The Uncooked important occasion between Bayley and Bianca Belair and the return of Nikki Cross not less than gave followers one thing for sticking with one of many extra lackluster reveals of the Triple H period. Getting Cross as near her NXT Sanity model as attainable can inject some new life into the Uncooked ladies’s championship that feels prefer it’s treading water a bit as she price Belair the match after which attacked Bayley.

I get WWE attempting to be completely different and cinematic, however having Bray Wyatt’s theme taking part in over his preliminary promo on SmackDown final week didn’t add something for me. It simply made it more durable to listen to him and had me attempting to boost the quantity of my TV. However that didn’t assist a lot. The music could also be one thing new total because it was additionally carried out over Legado Del Fantasma’s promo, too. Don’t thoughts it, however simply get the degrees proper so listening isn’t a chore.

Wheeler Yuta being ticked off at Bryan Danielson’s excessive reward and love affair with Daniel Garcia is the right subsequent wrinkle to this story. It opens up the presumably of Yuta turning on Danielson and continues to place a highlight on the 2 younger and rising skills in his story.

The cracking of Liv Morgan’s character — cue extra Harley Quinn vibes — provides a wanted layer after she misplaced the SmackDown ladies’s championship to Ronda Rousey at Excessive Guidelines. Morgan feels fully completely different, the viewers digs her and it provides an edge to her that shall be must take her severe a a important eventer transferring ahead.

What I loved most about Halloween Havoc was seeing the expansion of Roxanne Perez, Cora Jade, Julius Creed and Bron Breakker. All 4 appear on their strategy to lengthy careers on the primary roster. Breakker had his greatest match within the promotion to win the triple-threat with JD McDonagh and Ilja Dragunov.

The haunted home begin to Mandy Rose’s NXT ladies’s title protection towards Abla Frye felt campy and compelled and had no influence on the match itself as the remainder of Poisonous Attraction nonetheless made it again to make sure Rose received. That together with Apollo Crew now having a few of The Undertaker’s powers all felt bizarre on an in any other case good present.

I’m completely satisfied AEW is placing rather a lot TV time into this story between Nyla Rose and Jade Cargill and the stolen TBS championship belt. It’s a step ahead, it’s only a story that’s extra impact with a real babyface and heel. Additionally, seeing Saraya get much more bodily with Britt Baker and the return of Riho are all constructive indicators for the division.

VICE’s new “Tales From the Territories” sequence is much from the must-watch “Darkish Aspect of the Ring” was, although getting the legends to get these tales on tape for extra hardcore followers is value it. The TFT episode in regards to the Andy Kaufman-Jerry Lawler feud was better of the three as far as it was probably the most targeted. Lastly, if A&E desires a compelling topic for its subsequent WWE: Legends sequence, I nominate Madusa/Alundra Blaise after her look on the AWA episode.

Rhea Ripley actually is a particular expertise and fortunately WWE is bending a few of its guidelines with how women and men work together to let that shine by way of, together with her energy bomb of Luke Gallows on Uncooked this week. Stuff like that simply makes Ripley really feel completely different than everybody else.

Glad “Hangman” Adam Web page is OK after struggling a scary concussion on Dynamite this week, simply one other reminder of the dangers wrestlers take each time on the market. Additionally, kudos to AEW and Doc Sampson and for a way nicely and shortly they dealt with the state of affairs.

Further: Sending condolences to Mandy Rose and her household after the dying of her older brother Richie and Kevin Nash and his household on his son Tristen’s passing.

Wrestler of the Week

Wes Lee, NXT

Lee has carried out nothing however thrive and take advantage of a foul state of affairs as a singles wrestler since WWE launched his longtime tag accomplice Nash Carter in April after allegations of home abuse. It culminated in Lee turning into North American champion – his first singles title ever — in an insanely good ladder match at Halloween Havoc on Saturday. That included him getting tossed from the ring on the announce desk by Von Wagner. He additionally acquired to share a very cool second with Shawn Michaels after the match.

Match to Watch

Jay White and Juice Robinson vs. Eddie Kingston and Kazuchika Okada, New Japan Professional-Wrestling Rumble on forty fourth Avenue (Friday, 8 p.m., FITE PPV)

New Japan makes its return to NYC with a star-studded tag crew important occasion that features such an eclectic array of expertise. It will likely be attention-grabbing to see what these guys whip up. White, who will defend his IWGP World Heavyweight championship towards Okada at Wrestle Kingdom 17, known as out the Yonkers native Kingston for this match after the AEW star missed a tag bout with him in September. Robinson was just lately on AEW TV for a match with Jon Moxley. Perhaps this results in some kind of program with Kingston.

Across the Ring

Shawn Michaels introduced on an NXT media name that the model’s subsequent premium reside occasion, Deadline, shall be Dec. 10, the identical day as Ring of Honor’s subsequent pay-per-view, Last Battle, which is slated for a 4 p.m. begin. It’s presumed Deadline will begin at a daily 8 p.m. time slot.  WWE introduced Elimination Chamber will happen Bell Centre in Montreal on Feb. 18. Japan’s DDT and Recreation Changer Wrestling shall be teaming up for a present in Los Angeles on March 31, 2023 throughout WrestleMania weekend.

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