Hey there wrestling fans and welcome to the Wrestling Roundtable. This week we will dive in to the Elimination Chamber, and touch a little bit more on the first ever Women’s Chamber match. Also does Alexa Bliss have a valid point on her comments this past Monday on Raw? We will also discuss a little bit on the Cruiserweight division. All this and much more.
1. AJ Styles
The WWE Champion once again has to contend with both Zayn and Owens, as he will face both of them again in a triple threat match at Fastlane. With the deck again stacked against Styles, will be enter Mania as still champion?
2. The Miz
He is definitely awesome. And he showed just how awesome he is as he qualified for the Elimination Chamber match in a great match over Apollo Crews on Raw.
Who can say that they defeated John Cena and Braun Strowman in the same match, in the same night? Elias can, and he will enter the chamber match last. Does this give him the best odds to walk with Elias into Wrestlemania?
4. Roman Reigns
A big win over Bray Wyatt puts Roman Reigns in the Elimination Chamber match. Will the former WWE Champ, and Intercontinental Champ find his way in the Universal title match with Lesnar?
5. Braun Strowman
I may be taking a risk of Frosh not responding again today by putting Strowman on my power rankings, but after laying out Cena and Elias on Raw heading into the Elimination Chamber. I cannot in good conscience keep him off.
This past Monday night, Alexa Bliss accused Kurt Angle of being a sexist as she complained that Brock Lesnar does not have to defend his Universal title in the Chamber match, but she does. Now, obviously this was just a ploy to attempt to get out of the match, but does Alexa have a point here? Should Brock Lesnar have to defend his title in the Chamber?
Steve: No she has a very valid point. She had the guts to come right out and say it, in different words. Brock Lesnar is a part time wrestler, and gets preferential treatment because he is BRRROCK Lesnar. So yeah, she has a point here. I would not go as far to say that Angle, or the WWE for that matter is being sexist. I think that may be stepping over the edge a little bit, but she is playing the heel character and is doing her job. Now and days, most any promos like that have to be approved by Vince and company, so I’m sure it was not something that was on her own.
Frosh: This promo really bothered me. The women of WWE have faced real challenges to get to where they are today. And they still have a long way to climb. I know Alexa is supposed to be playing the sniveling heel here. But using a real serious issue like sexism like this just sends a wrong/poor message. Despite being a part timer, Brock has defended his title more in the last several months than Bliss has, so she is due a defense. Also, as a side note, I will go ahead and answer this week, as Lesnar being absent from Raw would be enough to move him down, but maintain protest that Steve should retroactively add Brock Lesnar to the power rankings for last week, and reserve my right to protest further. I look forward to your response, Steve, as I may need to continue my boycott next week if justice is not served.
Chad: I mean John Cena had to last year; Alexa Bliss as a legit argument on the preferential treatment of Brock Lesnar.
With the superstars being revealed to face off against Alexa Bliss inside the chamber match. Who is your favorite to come out on top in the first ever Womens chamber match?
Steve: Alexa Bliss should win this match, and go on to face off against Asuka. The only other person I could see walking out of this as champion would be Sasha Banks. She has heat with Asuka on screen, and they could put on a hell of a match at Mania for the title. I could also see someone winning the title, but Bliss regains it the next night on Raw wanting her rematch. Kind of like they did when Sasha beat her several months ago. However, ultimately I don’t think they are going to play any weird games here, and Bliss retains….. because she is my future wife, she just doesn’t know it yet.
Frosh: Alexa Bliss will successfully defend in the chamber. This would set up Bliss vs. Asuka for WrestleMania, which is the way it should be. You need someone like Asuka to de-throne Bliss. It keeps Bliss strong, while getting the title on the next big thing. That goes without saying that Asuka will beat Nia Jax as well.
Chad: With the answer #1 being stated my pick to win the Chamber match is for Alexa Bliss to retain her championship to head on to Wrestlemania to defend her championship
With the Crusierweight Championship basically on hold. Should the WWE enlist Rey Mysterio to attempt to save the Crusierweight division?
Steve: It definitely would not hurt the division. Mysterio would be the first legit future Hall of Famer to be on 205 LIVE, not to say there isnt anyone else that could get in to the HOF somewhere down the road. He is a huge draw, and would be good for the show. That being said, If Rey comes back full time to the WWE, I don’t think he will want to take an assignment on 205 LIVE, he will want to be a part of the big roster and be involved in real championship matches.
Frosh: They don’t need Rey Mysterio, although, I don’t think he would hurt things. They need actual story-lines and characters with personality. I think Mysterio would have better filled the slot of 205 GM than Rockstar Spud….seriously…you went with Rockstar Spud….or Drake Maverick, whatever you want to call him…just really?
Chad: I will admit Rey did appear to look in the best shape since perhaps his earliest WWE days in 2002. So having him as an entrant in this may not be a bad idea and would give the title some legitimacy since it will awarded to the winner of the tournament at Wrestlemania.
Daniel Bryan recently revealed the Smackdown Top 10. It is voted on by the Smackdown superstars and they are not allowed to vote for themselves. First, do you like the idea of a top ten, and what do you think of the first release? Is it accurate? Here is the top ten.
10. Tye Dillinger
9. Randy Orton
8. Becky Lynch
7. The Usos
6. The New Day
5. Bobby Roode
3. Shinsuke Nakamura
2. Charlotte Flair
1. AJ Styles
Steve: You have the New Day ahead of the Usos? Tye Dillenger is in over both Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens. Two guys who are main eventing for the WWE Championship? Naomi at number four? This is horrible. You have numbers 1,2, and 3 correct, but I would have Roode at 4, probably Usos at 5, Kevin Owens at 7, Sami Zayn at 8, Orton is fine at 9 for now, but he will move up, and then maybe the New Day at 10. Too many solid people left off this list, while several on this list have no business on it. I am the ruler and the master of Power Rankings, and always get it right despite what Frosh says. He is just jealous that I am the far superior writer than he is, and know far more about wrestling than he does.
Frosh: I don’t really have any feelings on it, one way or another. It is just another way to stir up feuds, and conflict. I.E. Randy Orton laying out Roode and Rusev, over being number 9, setting up a Roode vs Orton feud, which could be really good. I guess, I will hold off final judgment until I see how things shape up. Steve can think what he wants, but the only reason he doesn’t always look like a complete fool is because I come in here and fix his grammatical errors. As far as his wrestling knowledge, I will capitulate that he may have more historical/trivia knowledge. But when it comes to actually looking at current facts and analyzing them to get the best results, Steve is second rate.
Chad: I would have two small griped about this list; 1st the Tag Champs should be ahead of the New Day; Second I feel like Tye Dillinger has not been around enough to garner that ranking where you would have Mahal, Ziggler, Owens, and Zayn that could be earning of that spot.
Are you good with the fact that we will see a triple threat match between AJ Styles, Kevin Owens, and Sami Zayn at Fastlane? Essentially a rematch of the Royal Rumble.
Steve: I hate it. Honestly can’t stand this. I know where they are going with it. Zayn and Owens will turn on each other as both will try to get the pin on AJ. AJ will capitalize on this and score the win, and this will set up Zayn vs Owens at Mania. Now, why do I hate the match? Simple… I wanted to see AJ vs Sami in a one on one match, not only because it would be a great match, but I would love to see what Sami can do in the main event on his own. I think he has paid his dues, and it is time to take the training wheels off and let him go.
Frosh: I am good with it. It is a match where AJ can come out on top, setting up him vs Nakamura for the belt at Mania, and be a finale to the Zayn/Owens angle, and set up something for them coming up in Mania season. This is the most logical step from this point. Also, it is not a rematch of the Royal Rumble, as that was a handicap match and Owens and Zayn were on a team, and this time it is triple threat and Owens could pin Zayn and vice versa, even though that won’t happen, because Styles will retain.
Chad: It’s fine to me as you generally do see rematches from the Rumble in Feb to get you to Wrestlemania
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