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Jeff Hardy vs Sheamus
I agree with what I read on CBS Sports predictions so I will just take what they said "Sheamus picks up the win on Sunday, and with Extreme Rules tentatively scheduled as the next PPV on the calendar, Hardy will emerge victorious in the feud in some sort of gimmick match." I don't like this feud, because I think that they could've put more thought into it just like I could've with this prediction.
WWE United States Championship:
(c) Apollo Crews vs Andrade
It was a big surprise that Apollo finally was given an opportunity to shine with the United States title and I think that they need time to rebuild his credibility to give him something to fall back on when he no longer has the title. With that being said Andrade can take a loss and be fine, but Apollo really can't in the same vain. Apollo takes the win and moves on from Andrade.
Women's Tag Team Championship: (c) Sasha Banks & Bayley vs Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross vs The IIconics
The only thing that makes logical sense is keeping the titles on Banks and Bayley to allow them to remain on television and be a part of the eventual feud between Banks and Bayley. Plus the two women never really got a fair reign with the titles the first time around. Banks and Bayley retain.
WWE Women's Championship:
(c) Asuka vs Nia Jax
I'll keep it simple Asuka is extremely entertaining and I wouldn't take the title off her right now. Asuka retains the title.
Universal Championship Match:
(c) Braun Strowman vs The Miz and John Morrison
I don't really understand the logic of this match, because if Strowman defeats both Miz and Morrison it will do some damage to the two former tag team champions. Even if it is just a placeholder feud it would've been better served as Miz or Morrison vs Strowman not both men or at least making it a triple threat match instead to drive up the interest. Strowman wins tonight!
WWE Championship Match:
(c) Drew McIntyre vs Bobby Lashley
Even though is nothing more then a placeholder feud for McIntyre to waist some time I'm more intrigued by this one then most anything on the card. I think there is more to build up with a partnership between Lashley and MVP to maybe have a rematch down the line with Drew, but pulling the trigger now would be to soon and make little sense.
Edge vs Randy Orton
In my opinion, this feud should've ended at Wrestlemania, because running a feud like this too long will make it loose the same tension it had when it began. There is no need for another match to happen especially with them using the worst possible tagline imaginable. It's called "The Greatest Wrestling Match Ever" it's a f***** wrestling show between two guys who have never been known to have great "wrestling" matches. Just let them fight with no freaking tagline it's unneeded. Plus fans want to see dream matches with Edge due to many questioning how many years he will remain active. AJ Styles, Seth Rollins, Drew McIntyre, or having him elevate some younger stars into the main event like Andrade. Edge wins with the hope of them ending this unneeded rivalry.
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On Sunday night the NXT brand wrote another chapter in it's tremendous legacy of upstaging the main roster and it was no different this time. In Your House use to be the go to brand name for WWF PPV, but was dropped back after ST. Valentines Massacre in February 1999. However, the WWE finally cycled back to the historical event in the year that marks 25 years since it's debut. Now it's unclear at this point if In Your House will be a yearly event for NXT, but if this year is any indication it will be welcome addition.
On Sunday we saw the much anticipated debut of Karrion Kross who collided with NXT stalwart Tommaso Ciampa. A lot has been made of Kross the exceptions that management have for him so a feud with Ciampa this early isn't a shock. With an apparent emphatic win against the former champion it is a new look for NXT but a massive first victory for the new monster in NXT. For once we could see someone who didn't get a chance to reach their potential elsewhere find it in WWE.
As for the main event which saw the Women's Division given center stage and Charlotte defend the NXT Women's championship. Flair holding the NXT title was an interesting break from the normal down on the black and yellow brand, but now it's time shift back to those who call NXT home. Also it might be time for Charlotte to head back to the main roster. The match proved exactly why the WWE's women's division is a step ahead of most every division in american wrestling as far as in ring competition. It is indeed a breath of fresh air seeing Io Shari get her shot to lead the women's division and with likely feud with Ripley now in the cards it will be more interesting the next few months in NXT.
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The series is back with another person that had waited till later on in his career and maybe was a little bit past his prime. Steve Williams would debut in WWE in late 1997 as a member of the failure of a Brawl for it All. Around a year before that another legendary figure from Japan would finally make the jump to the WWE this time from WCW. At first Vader's career really struggled to take off in America and really didn't find his place in wrestling until he got the chance to go to Japan. In Japan, Vader would become a top box office draw and would eventually move back to America to join WCW and would spend the later half of his prime as a box office draw in WCW.
Even though WCW prior to the arrival of Hulk Hogan didn't have the same type of notoriety as they would, but Vader was one of the top stars in the pre-Hogan WCW. Around the time of Hogan's arrival it was when Vader run in WCW was winding down. The reality is at the time a five year run in one place was still extremely rare especially with Vader staying as a heel for his entire run in WCW. Vader would leave WCW in late summer 1995 prior to the start of Monday Nitro and would eventually sign with WWE.
Vader would debut as a member of the Royal Rumble and would then attack President Monsoon the next night on Raw which was rare at the time, because nobody laid hands on Gorilla Monsoon. Vader at the time needed surgery so they needed to write him off for a time which was unfortunate, but something that needed to be done at the time. A lot has been made over the years out of the eventual feud between Vader and Shawn Michaels and I will not dig deep into this part of Vader's career. Overall Vader's career in WWE would hit a wall after an incident in Kuwait due to getting arrested for beating up a news reporter who asked if wrestling was fake. Even though at the time in 1998, Vader was approaching the twilight of his career as he was in his early 40's, his body was wearing down, and had experienced weight gain.
In my opinion, Vader was a victim of circumstance from the very start of his stint in WWE and if his run started a little differently. I'm not sure if they knew about Vader's need for surgery from the start of his signing with the company then I wonder exactly why they didn't chose to hold off his debut until after his needed surgery was completed. Vader was out of his prime by the time he moved to WWE and in reality his in ring style didn't really fit the WWE style, because he was more snug in the ring. I do think that there was still drawing power for Vader early on in his run with WWE, but the mystique would've disappeared eventually anyway. I just don't think it would've happened as quick had they held off his debut or done things a little differently from the start, I just don't know how Vince didn't see money in Vader and did with some of his other experiments at the time.
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A few weeks ago one of the bigger missteps from the WWE had taken place with them leaving Drew Gulak behind even though he had been getting a push teaming with Daniel Bryan. According to various sources Drew Gulak thought that he had earned a raise due to his status in the company changing and becoming more valuable to the WWE. However, there is no doubting that this isn't the right time to be asking for a raise even if you deserve it. Gulak was very early on in his push and even though he was in a better more stable position in the company it was a little too soon.
Rumor has it at this point that Drew Gulak has not only resigned with WWE, but earned his multi-year contract. Taken from an article on the Bleacher Report: "Meltzer added that other promoters attempted to contact Gulak during the brief period of time that he was a free agent, but he "clearly had a destination" in WWE."
I more then once questioned how Gulak and WWE couldn't have come to a compromise to keep Drew within the company and prevent him from leaving for greener pastures. Gulak has finally been able to show his potential, but it was derailed by something that was preventable. If the company was smart then they would be using his short departure as a part of a story line especially if it means him turning heel on Daniel Bryan eventually.