Well, it’s finally here – the final PPV of 2018, and the final PPV before the start of the road to WrestleMania. I look at this card and I both see a solid card and an overbloated card. Yes, it can somehow be both. That’s because while there are a number of quality matches on this card, there are twelve matches in total and you’re bloating the card with about five unnecessary matches that will take away time from the good ones. That and half of the PPV themed stipulation matches are for the matches that don’t make sense to have them. So, while there are a number of good matches, there’s plenty that doesn’t make any sense. I’m going to go through this show from matches that are the least important on this show to the highest, as far as I’m concerned.
WWE Women’s Championship
Ronda Rousey (c) vs. Nia Jax
Absolutely no one cares. Nia Jax’s “facebreaker” heat has worn off almost as instantly as she acquired it because she’s an awful talent that doesn’t know what to do with it. Now she’s just some weird psycho screaming in the middle of promos because she doesn’t know how to cut a promo. I mean, we all know that in the whole Sasha Banks/Paige situation that happened around a year ago that there was no one at fault there (besides doctors who shouldn’t have cleared Paige) but you bet your ass had they decided to turn Sasha heel and have her claim that she ended Paige’s career that she’d have sustained that heat for years because she’s one of the best heels in the business. (You know, someone who is TALENTED.) Anyways. this match wasn’t good at MITB and it’s not going to suddenly be better. Unless they’re dumb enough to put the title on Nia even though the heat’s gone, which subsequently confirms Ronda to win the Rumble, then Ronda retains end of story.
Prediction: Ronda Rousey
Elias vs. Bobby Lashley
So why is Bobby Lashley’s character bending over and showing everyone his ass? Is this how you’re going to make me care about someone who is boring as fuck? Because, no. Anyways, why the fuck is this a ladder match? THERE ARE PLENTY OF OTHER MATCHES THAT COULD BE THE LADDER MATCH AND THIS IS THE ONE? THERE ISN’T EVEN A TITLE. Make it a guitar on a fucking pole match if you want to do this bullshit.
Braun Strowman vs. Baron Corbin
Are we sure this match is even still happening? Also, WHY IS THIS A TLC MATCH?? How about just a table match?? WHAT DO THESE TWO NEED LADDERS FOR? And does anyone actually care? They’ve missed the boat with Braun. It’s over.
Prediction: Braun Strowman
Rey Mysterio vs. Randy Orton
Okay, I’m not going to yell about them getting the chairs match because who gives a shit about that. But, do we really NEED this match? I’m thinking no.
Prediction: Rey Mysterio
Mixed Match Challenge Finals
Jinder Mahal and Alicia Fox vs. R-Truth and Carmella
Okay, let’s be real, no one’s been watching Mixed Match Challenge. It was fun the first time, but they did it again too soon, announced no stakes until two thirds the way in when 90% of the people you’d want to win that were already gone, you had bad teams for the most part, and almost every team got switched up from random injuries to the point where these are the only two teams that didn’t end up with a mix up somewhere. That being said – THESE ARE YOUR TWO OPTIONS FOR THE #30 RUMBLE ENTRIES??? JINDER AND ALICIA OR R-TRUTH AND CARMELLA? What fucking drugs are you on? We knew it would come down to this weeks ago because you kept booking other people from other teams in actual matches on this PPV – it was like you completely forgot that the finals for this were on the PPV and now that you’ve added these stakes to give to either a garbage team or a comedy team so you’ve completely fucked up this situation. You had the perfect opportunity to still put Bayley in this match because Finn was removed this week and replaced with Apollo – you could have put Bayley in here with Apollo against Truth and Carmella because this is in Bayley’s hometown and you have a legitimate person for the women’s number 30, at least. No one at the rumble’s ever going to be like “WHO’S 30?” and then give a fuck at it being Jinder or Alicia. Number 30 either needs to be a surprise or someone legit. Alicia Fox coming out at 30 is irrelevant. Same with Jinder. Truth and Carmella too, but at least I like them. They’re winning. And if they’re smart, they’ll have them defend their number 30 spot in the coming weeks.
Prediction: R-Truth and Carmella
Natalya vs. Ruby Riott
So somehow Natalya ended up in a match I care about. That’s weird considering she’s terrible. But let’s be real – this match is great because of Ruby. I don’t really care about the story that much because I could give two shits about Natalya being sad, but the Riott Squad is one of few bright spots on Raw these days and it’s both nice to see a women’s feud on PPV not related to a title feud AND in a tables match no less, as well as Ruby getting to be part of that. I think the best way to do this is, even though it’s not a handicap match, have Natalya end up putting both Liv and Sarah through tables, only for Ruby to put Natalya through a table to win.
Prediction: Ruby Riott
WWE Cruiserweight Championship
Buddy Murphy (c) vs. Cedric Alexander
We have the rematch between Murphy and Cedric from Super Showdown and if it’s as good as their first match, I am excited. I’m hoping Murphy retains but it could go either way.
Prediction: Cedric Alexander
Triple Threat Match for the WWE Blue World Tag Team Championship
(c) The Bar (c) vs. The Usos vs. The New Day
WHY IS THIS NOT A LADDER MATCH? (OR TLC??)
Prediction: The Bar
Finn Balor vs. Drew McIntyre
This will probably be the highlight of the show from the Raw part of things as far as I’m concerned. Drew should be the guy they push going forward on Raw as the top guy.
Prediction: Drew McIntyre
WWE Intercontinental Championship
Seth Rollins (c) vs. Dean Ambrose
Why this, the feud on the show’s poster, isn’t Raw’s TLC match – I have no idea. They’ve done a ladder match and it’s a personal feud. Regardless – Dean, I’m happy you’re a heel, but your gimmick is fucking awful. Sorry not sorry. Do something different. That being said, Dean needs to win. Seth should be winning the Rumble and moving on from this title to the universal title.
Prediction: Dean Ambrose
WWE World Heavyweight Championship
Daniel Bryan (c) vs. A.J. Styles
Why is THIS not a gimmick match? Hello??? Anyways, if Daniel Bryan’s new character is an angry liberal then I’m all for it because that’s one of the best things you can be. Making trashbag racist/sexist/homophobic conservatives angry is so much fun and that while he’s technically a “heel,” that makes him one of the biggest faces in the business. More of this please. I want him to go into every show finding out what the psycho conservatives in that town are fake outraged about the most on that day and cut a scathing promo about their ignorance and get ALL of the boos so we can laugh about how trashy those people are. And, A.J., you’re great and all, but your reign got boring and was too long – you can move on to something else. Go feud with and put over Andrade.
Prediction: Daniel Bryan
Triple Threat TLC Match for the WWE Blue Women’s Championship
Becky Lynch (c) vs. Charlotte vs. Asuka
This is the main event as if there wasn’t any question. I’m so happy Asuka is in this although I have no idea what Charlotte’s done to deserve another shot at the title because SHE LOST TO BECKY CLEAN TWICE. GET TO THE BACK OF THE LINE. YOU’RE AWFUL. Now, if Becky loses so she can win the Rumble and then beat Ronda for the title in the main event of Mania then I’m cool with it. If she loses it and doesn’t win the Rumble then there’s a problem. I’d almost rather she lose it if I’m given the promise of her winning the Rumble. Although if I’m honest, Raw will fuck her up and we know that. So if she kept the title, I won’t complain. If Ronda loses the title and wins the Rumble to face Becky at Mania and lose, that’s also cool. Regardless, if Becky loses, PUT THE BELT ON ASUKA.
Anyways, review on Sunday as always.