Welcome back to another round of Quick Takes—a post that indulges in the topics that aren’t worth dedicating a full article to, but are still on my mind.
Each week, I try to cram in as many smaller talking points as I can via a speedier process, and I invite you to chime in with your own thoughts about these topics and anything else by keeping the discussion going in the comments below! Drop some more talking points in there for everyone to chat it up about, too!
Without further ado, let’s get into this week’s topics.
SmackDown Tag Team Championship Doesn’t Change Hands
I maintain that this match should have taken place at WrestleMania, instead of splitting the women’s tag title match in two. But, it should have had The Mysterios winning the belts.
Since that wasn’t the case, I’m very glad Dirty Dawgs retained. If Dominik had won his first belt in front of nobody, that would be awful. This at least punts that down the road to another time.
Thoughts on the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal
- Ninja power doesn’t work, Tozawa. If you had said “go ninja, go ninja, go” then maybe it would have played out differently.
- Cedric Alexander and Shelton Benjamin were at least teamed up against, even though they were unceremoniously two of the first eliminated. Thanks for all the hard work you put in the past year, fellas!
- Why is Slapjack having fake-out eliminations? He wasn’t going to win. Don’t bother teasing it.
- Humberto Carrillo had an over-the-top elimination in more ways than one.
- I liked Mustafa Ali taking out Mace, but I would have preferred T-Bar winning. Well, I’d have rather had Dominik Dijakovic win.
- Good call on Lucha House Party taking out Kalisto, but I’m shocked about Gran Metalik eliminating Lince Dorado.
- I’m cool with Jey Uso winning. It never means anything, sadly, but at least this can boost his credibility. He’s been losing constantly lately.
Night 1 or Night 2?
Tomorrow is night 1 of WrestleMania. The card is locked, we can assume, so we have the lineup.
Which of the nights looks the most interesting to you? What are you more looking forward to?
I’m a bit split, but slightly leaning toward Night 1 for a few reasons, pro and con.
I think Cesaro/Rollins will be better than Owens/Zayn. I’m more into the Bad Bunny thing than I had been before, and I equate that as being better than Orton/Wyatt, which I couldn’t care less about. Riddle/Sheamus and Crews/Big E from Night 2 are about on par with Strowman/McMahon, but I’m more into seeing what Omos has in store for his debut.
Asuka/Ripley has no build and Banks/Belair has a terrible build, so that’s kind of a wash.
I’m not a fan of either the directions for the women’s tag titles, so that’s a wash, too.
Lashley/McIntyre and the triple threat are about even, with a slight advantage toward Night 2, but that isn’t enough to win on a points system.
Plus, I think fans will be more pumped for the first night and more lively, while Night 2 might result in more instances of the crowd trying to take over with some CM Punk and AEW chants and all. I want a ruckus crowd, but not an annoying audience.
Cathy Kelley made a return (in a sense) to WWE with the Watch Along for TakeOver. With WWE just losing Charly Caruso, could this be a sign Cathy may make her return?
Pure speculation on my part with absolutely nothing to back it up, but I’m hoping that’s the case. I always thought Cathy was a great broadcast correspondent and someone who seemed like she could light up a room. She’s also talented and beautiful, so there are no downsides if she does come back from my POV.
She may not be into that, WWE may not have that in mind, or both. But since she was on this, it means more than likely, both sides are sticking true to the “always in the family, even if you’re gone” type of mentality and I think it’s a good sign maybe she does return.
WALTER’s NXT UK Championship
Remember when the NXT UK title was stolen from WALTER? It’s been a while, but someone purchased the stolen belt and returned it to WWE. As a reward for sending it back safely, they shipped the guy a replica belt with some signatures on it.
That’s pretty cool. It’s good to see not only the guy did the right thing, but also that WWE didn’t just say “thanks” and move on. He wanted a belt and got something unique in return for being a good person. Thumbs up all around.
What are your takes on these topics? Keep the discussion going in the comments below!