THE WRESTLING REPORT

The Wrestling Report: Potential dissension in the ranks of AEW?

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The first cracks are starting to appear in AEW's seemingly unified front against the WWE natural monopoly in the world of wrestling. Joey Janela, the bad boy of Indy wrestling, has since deleted a tweet that announced he wasn't getting on his flight to make his next booking with All Elite Wrestling because they weren't explaining to his satisfaction his elimination from a match the previous week and that he felt that he was losing his momentum that comes from fourteen years of independent wrestling. This was always going to be the issue, every match isn't marquee and every competitor can't be a winner and so you have to have great performers that are OK with losing. That's a hard thing to find among a bunch of guys who have always been me first, like traditional Indy wrestlers are seen as. So what exactly is the solution? Tough to say but it's a good sign that he deleted the tweet, hinting that maybe he got the conversations he was looking for or maybe AEW flexed a little contract muscle, it's hard to say.

AEW is also very obviously in the head of WWE as Britt Baker, one of the top female wrestlers of AEW is the girlfriend of current NXT champion Adam Cole and she was in attendance for his match during Takeover and they put the camera on her during the match. There's nothing like a little free publicity.

Survivor Series is over thankfully and apparently the rumor mill is saying Vince McMahon wasn't even happy with the main event. The triple threat women's match, Becky Lynch, Bayley and NXT's Baszler was just not the end of the show pop they were looking for and most odd was all of these triple threats had a lot of NXT winners, they actually won a majority of the matches, I suppose trying to make them look equal to their counterparts. That's dumb though, we know they aren't. This is one of those mistakes that comes from having a third show and especially having it be the "minor league" of your talent development, the fans know what it is, so when these guys are beating Smackdown and Raw guys, if you're Fox or USA the question should be, well why aren't they on the main roster then? Overall I think this attempt at elevating the NXT brand may further hurt WWE's credibility and leave people looking across the street on Wednesday's to AEW's Dynamite on TNT.

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WrestleMania 36 for beginners, because what else is on - Part 2

Royal Rumble in January is the beginning of the road to WrestleMania. Photo By Paul Muth

The following is part 2 of a two part guide to watching WrestleMania for people who don't normally watch wrestling.

Part one can be found here.

Let's get back to it:

Singles Match: Kevin Owens

vs Seth Rollins


The skinny

Seth Rollins has been an outspoken on obnoxious bad dude with a big old posse that beats up every one and plays dirty, win or lose. Kevin Owens is out to "shut Rollins up," and has been harassing him and interfering in matches since. They've been building this match up for some time, so it should be pretty good.

Who should I root for?

Personally I don't like either of them. WWE continues to push Rollins on fans, trying angle after angle and it's exhausting. Plus, he's glove guy. I don't like glove guys. Owens is supposed to be the guy you root for, but I can't root for anyone who uses Stone Cold Steve Austin's signature stunner move. Can't do it.

Prediction

Owens wins because he hasn't been great in WrestleMania matches and I figure they'll throw him a bone this year.

Raw Tag Team Championship -- The Street Profits (Champs)

vs Austin Theory & Angel Garza

The skinny

The Street Profits just recently won the belts, and the original match was supposed to be against newcomer Angel Garza and Andrade, but Andrade suffered an injury on Monday. He was replaced by Austin Theory, another NXT guy making his debut, so there's no real backstory build up to this match really. Any chance to watch the Street Profits is worth it though, so it should be fine.

Who should I root for?

The Street Profits hands down. They bring an unmatched energy to every performance, and their social media game is on point. Angel Garza and Austin Theory were piecemeal-ed together at the last minute, there's nothing there.

Prediction

Street Profits. Easy.

SmackDown Tag Team Championship Ladder Match -- The Miz & John Morrison (Champs)

vs. The New Day

vs. The Usos

The skinny

Well there's speculation that this match might not even happen, but if it does here's the rundown.

The New Day and The Usos have beef over who should get to challenge for the titles, but after the champs interfered both teams were given the chance.

Who should I root for?

The New Day are a lot of fun, but I'm a fan of just how good Miz and Morrison are at being heels. The Usos don't do much for me.

Prediction

Assuming the match happens, I'll go with The Usos I guess. The other two teams have had the belts more recently, so maybe they're trying to regain some credibility with them, I don't know.

Women's Tag Team Championship -- The Kabuki Warriors (Champs)

vs Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross

The skinny

The Kabuki Warriors have held the titles for some time and now they'll be defending them against the tag team they win them off of. It seems like a match for the sake of having a match, but there's talent on both sides so it should be fine to watch.

Who should I root for?

Both teams are easy to root for. The Kabuki Warriors are crazy as hell, and the chemistry between Bliss and Cross is top notch. I'm a bigger fan of Asuka's insanity though.

Prediction

The Kabuki Warriors retain their titles. They're more entertaining when they're rubbing their belts in opponents' faces.

Aleister Black

vs Bobby Lashley

The skinny

None. There was no build up to this at all. But Lashley is a big dude, and Black is an up and comer that looks like WWE is trying to give a huge push to.

Who should I root for?

Black for sure. He's got the whole dark and brooding thing going, but he also has some awesome tattoos and kicks people in the face.

Prediction

They put in a hell of a show and Black gets put over. Black wins.

Elias

vs King Corbin

The skinny

This is another filler match. King Corbin is a heel, and a good one, but WWE just can't seem to find a gimmick that works. Elias I guess wants to fight him. This match is just there. It's a thing.

Who should I root for?

A quick match

Prediction

Corbin wins to maintain relevancy so he can go harass another big name on the roster.

Singles "Firefly Funhouse" Match: John Cena

vs "The Fiend" Bray Wyatt

The skinny

John Cena returns for a WrestleMania match against one of the most unique characters WWE has seen in some time. Bray Wyatt is part Mankind, part Kane, and there isn't a better wrestler on the roster when it comes to mic skills. I have no idea what a Firefly Funhouse Match is, but it sounds a lot like Undertaker and AJ Styles' Boneyard Match. I expect this to be one of the better matches this weekend.

Who should I root for?

Bray Wyatt. John Cena is just here to do some WrestleMania stuff and then he's back to Hollywood.

Prediction

Cena wins, because otherwise why would he come back?

Singles "Last Man Standing" match: Edge

vs. Randy Orton

The skinny

They've done a really good job building this story line up since late January. After nine years Edge was medically cleared to go back to wrestling (real life, not story line), and did so by debuting as an entrant in the Royal Rumble. The following Monday Orton and Edge reunited in the ring on Raw, where Orton then attacked his former tag team partner and "tried to end his career again." Orton brutalized anyone coming to Edge's defense and once Edge came back it was pretty apparent that they were going to meet up at WrestleMania. Like I said, they built it up really well so this should be awesome.

Who should I root for?

Edge, are you kidding? The dude's been working to get back to wrestling for NINE YEARS. Root for him, jeez.

Prediction

If Edge doesn't win, America loses.

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