SKA's (September) Wrestling Forum - The Hurt Business, Roman Reigns, Miro/Rusev, NXT, RETRIBUTION, etc.

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So we don't acc have a hub for discussion because we have the Discord server so I'll do monthly questions and open a forum on here. I'll pose some thought-provoking questions that may or may not go down well but these are things that I think about listed below. I want to know what you think. Obviously if you're going to reference spoilers, please enclose them and give fair notice. There may be sensitive topics enclosed so please address this with maturity.
1. Finn Balor is NXT Champion again / Should there be more 'call downs?'

Finn Balor beat Adam Cole after a couple of good matches and The Prince is now NXT Champion, I love the guy so I'm happy that he won. The current NXT Tag Team Champions are Breezango (considering Fandango was an FCW not an NXT product). Are there any other names who would benefit from being withdrawn from the 'main' roster?

2. Roman Reigns & The Usos / Would you rather they feuded or teamed?

So Roman Reigns is facing Jey Uso as he defends his belt and it does look like they're going to face off as per Daniel Bryan's influence on SD Live. There's been a couple of discussions going online that a heel Bloodline stable could work with this trio and Paul Heyman and ideally, this could be a good way to introduce The Undisputed Era from NXT. The OP Thinks: I can see this being a GOOD decision and would support a Bloodline vs UE feud but as long as The Usos don't get lost in the shuffle as Roman's henchmen. Look at The Hurt Business for example. MVP is the leader of things but he shares the spotlight.

3. Rusev (I mean Miro) is now All-Elite / Have they introduced him right?

The original poster thinks AEW is trash but outside of WWE, it is the biggest professional wrestling name in North America. This week Miro debuted on Dynamite as "The Best Man" for Kip Sabian and Penelope Ford's televised wedding and it looks like he's using that as his nickname. Is this the best move? Miro is over as hell at the moment and reaction for him in a 'limited' arena shows that he's still got star power. It seems like the two Sabian and Miro have been paired together because they're Twitch Friends but this partnership could elevate Kip Sabian.

4. MJF and Wardlow set to feud / Do you even care?

It seems like the two are growing tense and there's been the whole "You serve me, I have your job" Ted Dibiase Sr. schtick between MJF/Wardlow. I'm not sure that I care enough for this. Wardlow has not done enough as an individual since joining to show that he can make it. The OP Thinks: Zzzzz.

5. The Hurt Business / Would you be against a non-African American joining?

Don't get me wrong, I think the dynamic is on-point. MVP the mouthpiece, Lashley the muscle, Shelton the veteran and Cedric the 'prospect.' But I'm just thinking back to earlier this year when Austin Theory (cough, piece of shit) joined Zelina Vega's group of clients. There were so many comments saying he was 'out of place' and what not and the fact he wasn't Latin played into it. Are general wrestling fans complicit to the expectations of how an ideal stable should look like? Are fans accepting of these 'segregated' groups by playing along with "New Nation of Domination" comparisons? The OP thinks: It's fine as it is now. If they do expand, maybe they should add a tag team to the ranks?

6. RETRIBUTION / Is anyone actually interested, do they need main roster input?

It just feels like a 'shock' storyline being made for ratings sake but I'm really struggling to see the point of it. NWO had legit starpower and you could believe them taking over, they had an image and everything. More recently, Nexus had legitimate motive and the 'being forced to fight each other' narrative made sense. But with this? I'm not sold to be honest. In all fairness, Aces & Eights didn't have clear motives to begin with except anarchy but this is feeling a lot like that. RETRIBUTION don't have enough stars to make me care. What would you do with this group?

7. Which feud in professional wrestling right now is interesting you the most?

The floor is yours now.
 
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I like this idea! Let me give you my thoughts.

1 - Yes!
To be honest there needs to be both call ups and call downs however beyond all of this I don't like the idea of NXT as a third brand when it should've remained a developmental branch for the WWE. As a dev brand it was great to help young talent develop but now as the third brand and with decreased ratings they sort of don't have a choice but to drop down Main Roster former NXT stars to help boost them back up which I find bad. I like seeing Balor as Champion again don't get me wrong but they should've kept on trying to grow new stars instead.

2 - Having heard the news and rumors that a new Sheild would be formed it makes sense to bring the Usos and Reigns together. However being a Heyman guy I would prefer to see them feud with Reigns and then have Lesnar join up with him and Paul to form a 2020 version of the Two Man Power Trip like Austin and Triple H did back in the day.

3 - I chuckled when I heard 'Miro Day!' from the crowd and as far as introducing the man goes I'm sort of in between chairs when it comes to it. On one hand it's good to not throw him against a top star right away however I do feel like they could've made a bigger splash. But at least he's there and he made his intentions clear he wants the belt. So I'm okay with him starting slow as The Best Man or whatever.

4 - I don't give a damn about that feud.
I get though that it was a matter of time before they got Wardlow to grow on his own so it makes sense but I don't see the appeal of feuding with MJF.

5 - I like the idea of a 2020 Nation of Domination and they do a fine job at it too! Personally I'd stick with African American only and would be careful if they are to grow in numbers not to add too many. Right now with Cedric I feel they have reached the perfect balance, a tag team wouldn't hurt but they have enough talent between themselves ( I'd go with Cedric and Sheldon ) to form a tag team and go for the straps without adding a new team in. Although imagine if the Street Profits turned heel and joined...

6 - I feel it's growing to become a missed opportunity. They cause rukus, sure, but they seem to be time fillers rather than something that could grow and evolve although with the last RAW we are finally starting to see some sense of motivation but it's bland and uninteresting. I'm being patient with them to be honest but with little to no expectations until major development arrives.

7 - I love the slow descent into madness of Alexa Bliss! I like how AEW is giving a shot at Straw err Orange Cassidy to become a big name by getting wins against Jericho as well. The Sami Zayn angle is interesting but it won't be for too long if they don't end up booking Hardy vs Zayn soon.
 

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1. Finn Balor is NXT Champion again / Should there be more 'call downs?'

Call downs should matter...if they're not being seen on the main product. This is what i think of NXT, a mixture of training up and revising down. You need to constantly change and adjust yourself to be presentable at all times within WWE, so the call downs would create interesting feuds that make me tune in more. At the same time, if the product starts to get predictably stale, you're not paying attention to the growth or rust shown on your wrestlers.

2. Roman Reigns & The Usos / Would you rather they feuded or teamed?

At this point, feuding is best, you need to develop your next set of challengers and main eventers. This is a constant that must happen or you risk having the equal of "John Cena sucks" chants echoed weekly for whoever is the "top star" of WWE. Plus its fun to pit family against family when titles are involved.

3. Rusev (I mean Miro) is now All-Elite / Have they introduced him right?

Miro was over at many points in WWE. Wasted potential is almost the running gag for WWE at this point, but i digress. His introduction into AEW was timed well and offers another seasoned individual to elevate what AEW can do.

4. MJF and Wardlow set to feud / Do you even care?

Why....pointless unless you're looking to make him a contender to the world title or to give the FTW title some meaning besides wasting airtime.

5. The Hurt Business / Would you be against a non-African American joining?

Its a hot water topic, but i don't see any real benefit, it does not vibe with the what the Hurt Business does week in and week out. There has to be a natural chemistry to it, but if you add one in for the sake of adding one in....and it does not click naturally in each skit....or each match...you are hurting "The Hurt Business

6. RETRIBUTION / Is anyone actually interested, do they need main roster input?

It looks like a shitty rushjob and senseless due to the rumors and news circulations. I wish there was a new stable, but where do you put them in terms of booking? How they are now...im skeptical beyond reason and feel its wasted time booked improperly each week they show up. Creative needs to figure out the imbalance they're causing.

7. Which feud in professional wrestling right now is interesting you the most?

I will rephrase the question into what's intersting right now to me...and thats the spark that NJPW provides with the stories developing post match and the G1 Climax. Bullet Club's antics and scheming is developing greatly despite the covid-19 situation and i can wait what chaos comes of it when everyone is able to come back.
 

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