Tag: Sasha Banks

King of The Ring: The Other WWE Make-A-Main Eventer Option

King of The Ring is back next week. KOP analyzes how WWE is going back to this Make-A-Main Eventer Option to elevate a couple of new top guys by October.

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WrestlingNews.co reported,

It’s been reported that the tournament finals will take place at the upcoming Clash of Champions pay-per-view event next month. WWE released this list of competitors:
Raw
The Miz
Ricochet
Cedric Alexander
Samoa Joe
Drew McIntyre
Baron Corbin
Sami Zayn
Cesaro
SmackDown Live
Kevin Owens
Ali
Apollo Crews
Chad Gable
Elias
Andrade
Buddy Murphy
Shelton Benjamin

The company is scheduled to air Monday Night Raw on September 9th and SmackDown Live on September 10th at Madison Square Garden in New York City. MSG has announced the matches in the semi-final round of the tournament will take place at these TV events.

Plus, we look at the return of Sasha Banks and her much-needed heel turn. Buddy Murphy gets the rub from a loss by Roman Reigns. Plus, new NXT signees, plans for the Smackdown debut on Fox and more.

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WWE Injured List Grows Post-SummerSlam. Typical for WWE Off-Season.

WWE Injured List Grows Post-SummerSlam as Finn Balor, Samoa Joe and Sasha Banks fall to injuries while losing their respective title belts. 

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KOP talks about how WWE management’s preference of resilient heavyweight talent is preferred over smaller sized wrestlers prone to injury. We also talk about Brock Lesnar from his confrontation with Chris Jericho to his MMA future.

Plus we look at RAW looking to replace their fallen WWE Universal Champion. SmackDown gets new Women’s and Tag Team belts that feel more like participation trophies.

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Can NXT Sustain the Casual Fans Interest? Why Should They?

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NXT might have become a brand so sayeth Triple H back during Wrestlemania season, but casual fans will soon be coming to grips on the reality…that WWE’s NXT promotion must still operate as a developmental system. Therefore, the casual fans mettle will be tested now that the women’s division has been depleted of three of its top stars.

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The move to call up Charlotte, Becky Lynch and Sasha Banks was ultimately a great idea. They could not stay working at Full Sail for much longer. We can only help this wholesale move pays off given the WWE creative team do the right thing for them in the storyline.

Add Kevin Owens, Neville and the Lucha Dragons call up after Wrestlemania season, combined with the mounting injuries to Sami Zayn and Hideo Itami and Bayley,  NXT is truly back to looking like the developmental darling that fans like yours truly scoured the internet to find each week without the luxury of the WWE Network.

Though I do enjoy the lustre of the highly praised indy stars like Finn Balor and Samoa Joe gracing us with their weekly TV presence, NXT has been left with some really entertaining and promising talent.

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I’m talking about singles competitors (Tyler Breeze, Mojo Rawley (go ahead and give me crap for saying him), Bull Dempsey (Yes, shovel more crap on me for saying him too), and Uhaa Nation.

Plus, we still have some great women’s talent in Bayley, Emma and guess who, even Dana Brooke continues to intrigue me. Then, there’s still the tag team division (Enzo and Cass,  Vaudevillians).

It’s step-up time for the next wave of talent, and I’m a fan of the underdogs, the talent that the casual fan doesn’t care about, and the smart fans do not care to notice.  This current time of NXT will have me glued to start wondering whom will be ready to stand out ahead of the pack.

If any of you happen to be going to the NXT event in West Palm Beach next week, email me and let’s get some fans together. -KOP