1.This week on ROH Television, the main event for their Pay Per View event Death Before Dishonor was announced. Nigel McGuinness stated Adam Cole would face long time champion Jay Lethal for the ROH World Heavyweight Championship. The lead up to this match has been spotty at best which is really disappointing. Adam Cole joined with the Bullet Club faction at the ROH event Global Wars, finally giving a showcase to a performer who is on his way to becoming a big deal in the business. Over the past three weeks, he and the Young Bucks tag team, Matt and Nick Jackson, have been wrecking havoc on Ring of Honor television, including viciously taking out Kyle O’Reilly a couple weeks back after a match with Jay Lethal and last week shaving Jay Lethal bald. For too long, the Bullet Club in Ring of Honor has been treated like cool heroes, mimicking what WCW did with the nWo back in the day. To try and spend three weeks to get the audience to go from liking them to despising them as heels has simply not worked for me. Having said that, I am looking forward to Adam Cole vs Jay Lethal where I expect Adam Cole will retake the ROH World Championship.
2.Speaking of The Young Bucks, they’ve recently released their first mobile game SUPERKICK PARTY. The purpose of the game is to keep bad guys from stealing your gimmick table, the place you sell your merchandise. If I had to compare the game to anything, I’d compare it to Crossy Road. It’s a simple premise really. You just kick. The longer you keep the bad guys away from your gimmick table, the more money you make. It costs $1.99 and is available for iOS and Android.
3.According to ProWrestlingSheet.com, Aaron Stevens, the former Damien Sandow in WWE, has signed a deal with TNA to debut on their show this week. While I am happy he found a job, I have to shake my head as to why the WWE ever let him go. Any character they gave this guy to perform, he knocked out of the park. While I wouldn’t go so far as to say he’s World Championship material, when you have a roster that’s as depleted as the WWE currently has, losing a valuable talent like this due to indifference is insane. Here’s hoping he can make a big splash with that promotion to prove the WWE wrong.
4.With the announcement of a brand split again in WWE, my first fear would be they would split the World Championship up again. Well, they did just that when on Raw. They announced the creation of the new WWE Universal Championship. The name alone implies that this title is more superior to the World Championship which is on Smackdown. While I like the fact they’re bring back individual special events for each brand thanks to the WWE Network, when they have an event like the Royal Rumble or Wrestlemania, they’re going to make the mistake of having both titles fought on the show. When you have a World Championship match that ends up third on the card, you’re telling your audience just how much you care about said title. The audience will of course respond with apathy similar to what they did last time they had two World Championships. A potential spoiler was released on Reddit of just what the Universal Championship may look like. If it turns out to be true, it will be Red while the World Championship will be Blue. I saw the picture and yawned.
5.Stephanie McMahon recently was interviewed by NBCNews.com about the possible inclusion of LGBT characters in the WWE. She stated the WWE is looking to include LGBT characters soon. This not more than a week where gay jokes were made at the expense of Chris Jericho and Kevin Owens on the latest episode of Raw. Based on their history, I don’t trust the creative brain trust at the WWE to create an LGBT character that will actually resonate with their audience in a positive way. I expect they’ll use the most base stereotype they can think of, maybe a hair dresser turned wrestler or some other non-creative garbage like that. Will the inclusion of an LGBT character be a positive or negative for the WWE? Will they be able to pull it off without resorting to ignorant stereotypes? Let me know your thoughts in the comments section below.