At this point Randy Orton has been in the ranks of the WWE for the last seventeen years. Unlike some other top stars Randy has had a lot of ups and downs in his career struggling to really keep his stock high in the company at all times. Early it seemed like Randy would be the first person to break through from the 2002 rookie class, but that changed after the flop World Title reign in 2004. Fast forward to modern times when Randy has become the elder statesman it has been a sight really seeing Randy get push to the background in favor of names like Daniel Bryan, AJ Styles, Seth Rollins, and others.
However, since the start of his feud with Kofi Kingston it seems like Randy has found his way out of the background and into the foreground once again. Even though their first meeting leaned a bit much on the history these two men have mounted in the last decade and not enough on making the match memorable things have seemingly picked up in recent weeks. Recently a rise in intensity has given the feud some much needed energy. Now with sides even and Randy taking The Revival under his wing similar to the way he took Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase under his wing many years ago things have changed again.
Last week on Raw the trio attacked the New Day and "injured" Xavier Woods and though there is no indication of when we will be seeing Woods again it would help the feud and the new trio if he missed a few weeks. In my opinion, Woods shouldn't be on television this week and instead Kofi & Big E should give us an update on him. Next week he should be selling the injuries, because there is no need to rush through this and the longer Woods is gone the more dangerous it makes Orton and The Revival seem. I love this new combination, because everyone knows how valued Orton is in the company and seeing him with The Revival could mean the team has finally been placed in a spot to succeed like they deserve.
Following Wrestlemania 35 we saw the first title change for the Women's Tag Titles when Billy Kay and Peyton Royce. Though this seems like a simple title change it didn't come without controversy as reports would pop up after Mania that both Sasha and Bailey were extremely angry about the outcome of the match, because they finally hit their breaking points with the terrible booking they had been enduring with the company for the last couple of years. Though Bailey would return to WWE and eventually would become Smackdown Women's Champion it wasn't so easy to bring Sasha back.
With the advent of All Elite Wrestling there were plenty of reports that Sasha would be leaving WWE for the new company due to the bad booking and just generally being fed up with the promotion. Heading to greener pastures in All Elite would've given The Boss a fresh start like she needed, but there was something else she could do. Since her arrival on the main roster Sasha has only been a heel once and that was with Tamina and Naomi collectively known as Team BAD. Take a glance back a few years when Banks was in NXT and she was not only one of the best heels for the brand, but one of the best in the company. Since then though she has never had a chance to be a stand alone heel on the big stage.
Overall Banks has never had the chance to be "The Boss" because she didn't get her nickname from being the nice girl she became "The Boss" by being an intense bitch that did what it took to win. The night after Summerslam we finally got our answer that about what Sasha will do and she came back with blue hair. More importantly though it is official for the first time she is a heel and seemingly jumping right into a feud with Raw Women's Champion Becky Lynch. I still believe that Banks is a very special talent and if she is given the ball she will be able to run with it, and I know this because she's proven it before. With Paul taking charge of the Red brand we could be seeing a little bit more of a focus placed on names that haven't been given the spotlight as much as they were before.
Even though at this point it has been almost twenty years since The Rock has been an active full time competitor in the ring. At first The Rock was doing both wrestling and acting; this was the case until his role in The Rundown as he would walk away from a full time schedule in April 2003 following a loss to Goldberg at Backlash. As the years went by we would still occasionally see Rocky pop up from time to time including feuds with John Cena, CM Punk, Evolution and others. Also who could forget the times that we got surprising appearances where he verbally eviscerated his advisories.
By now I think that most fans know the history of Dwayne Johnson in wrestling and the legacy he will now be leaving behind. But I am sure not everyone knows why he has chosen to step away and the simple reason is insurance. With the schedule Rock has been keeping being extremely hectic it has been difficult to bring him in for a match when he's not attached to a movie which means a movie studio would have to insure him to protect their investment. Also according to a Forbes article published on July 19th, 2019, at this time The Rock is the highest paid actor in the world which basically killed any chance of him returning to the ring.
In my opinion, The Rock is one of the greatest ever on the microphone and no slouch in the ring, but the hands of time come for us all especially in wrestling. Sometimes though it's for a good reason, after watching for as long as I have I always prefer seeing wrestlers hang it up on their own accord as opposed to being to forced because of injury. Thanks for the memories Rocky you earned chance to sit back and enjoy the legacy you have built.
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