My Wrestling Highlights of January 2022, Blog Style


The weird thing about professional wrestling going from 2021 into 2022 is that there was an event called The Wrestival (featuring seven shows) which started on 12/30/21 and went into the New Year, but also Game Changer Wrestling had a New Year's Eve show as well as a New Year's Day show.  This just made these last few shows of 2021 feel like they were part of 2022 since after Christmas I basically go into that next year mindset anyway.

I only watched about five minutes of The Wrestival.   Jess put it on and as Rich Palladino was announcing a match as "No DQ", Beyond Wrestling commentator Paul Crockett acted shocked and said "I knew Ted Goodz and Richard Holliday were having a match but I didn't know it was No DQ!"  It had been billed as a "Worcester Street Fight" prior to the show and apparently no one told Paul Crockett (and he didn't do his homework) but little things like this just annoy me more than they should and it really turned me off on the entire Wrestival, though I will likely go through later this week and try to watch some of the matches that interest me.

We both ended and started the year with Game Changer Wrestling, the "Till Infinity" and "Die 4 This" events.   Neither show was particularly bad, but neither show was particularly memorable for me either.  I will primarily remember "Till Infinity" only for the match between Allie Katch and Charli Evans, as it was one of Charli Evans' final matches in the United States on this tour.  It was a really good match and not something I'd normally go out of my way to watch (because I don't like to watch entire shows just for one match) but Jess had it in her head that she wanted to watch GCW this weekend so I found that to be the highlight of the weekend.

Admittedly the "Die 4 This" show didn't feel quite as good as "Till Infinity" and with the exception of the rumble I was only really interested in seeing the return of Scotty 2 Hotty.  What was funny was that in the main event John Wayne Murdoch took on Alex Colon and as JWM tried to break free from an STF the ref called for the bell and ended the match.   This was a very odd non-finish and strange way to usher GCW into 2022.   Maybe I just haven't been following GCW closely enough but this show didn't make me excited for any of their upcoming shows and that's really just such a shame.  



Spent the past few days catching up with NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 16.   Day 1 had some interesting matches, as it was nice seeing Zack Sabre Jr and Tomohio Ishii in their respective matches, but the best part of the first two days was Day 2 and about four matches on that show.   What is somewhat sad about Wrestle Kingdom this year, for me, was that I looked at the card going into it and the matches which I thought would be the best really were among the best matches.   Nothing really stood out in the sense of "Oh, I didn't expect that to be so good!", but still I sit here, a week or so into 2022 and have seen more NJPW than any other promotion... for now.

There was a tag team match representing Stardom on the main show that everyone should check out because Stardom is just so damn good.  I need to watch their first show of this year still but I will be doing that sooner than later.   I was also impressed by the match between Naito and Jeff Cobb.  I remember Jeff Cobb making at least one appearance in AEW and the fact that they let him get away just baffles me.   Still, Jeff Cobb remains one of the highlights of NJPW for me and in 2022 that doesn't seem like it's changing.

The final two matches of Day 2 were also among my favorites.  First, Tanahashi defeated KENTA to capture the US Title in a No DQ Match.   This was really well done because it didn't seem to hurt the character of KENTA at all, but it is also helped to keep Tanahashi at the top of his game even if he isn't in that World Title picture.   We really need more of this in wrestling where no one really seems like they're being underused or not used at all.   You can have a show with eight matches and each of those matches can have meaning behind them.  These are also just two of the best wrestlers in the world today.

The main event saw Okada defeat Will Ospreay to become the IWGP World Heavyweight Champion once again.  This was a fantastic match and afterwards Naito came out to challenge Okada for that title.   This is one of those things which both bothers me and I'm happy about at the same time in regards to NJPW though.  With Naito seemingly challenging next for the title, it has that idea of "Why can't NJPW get past using these same four or five wrestlers?", you know, that idea of why can't they create new stars to put up in that title picture.  But if I had a roster with Tanahashi, Okada, Naito, KENTA, etc on it, I'd just keep pushing them to the main event as well.  It's like asking why Bret Hart, Steve Austin, The Undertaker, The Rock, etc spent so long at the top.

While it might be weird to go for a few days without watching NJPW, I just know I have a lot of the more mainstream stuff (NXT, NXT UK and Impact) to catch up on before the week ends plus Stardom and some other randomness I might find out there.   Still, between GCW and NJPW this year feels like it's off to a good start.  



Between yesterday and today I did some catching up with Stardom and NXT 2.0.   First up was Stardom Award 2021- which was four multi-person matches and not an awards show- and it's available to stream for free in full on the official Stardom YouTube page.   This whole show was a lot of fun and I particularly enjoyed the main event in that all three members of Donna del Mondo came out in the masks which had been mysteriously haunting Stardom as of late.  That was a nice reveal to take us into the new year and even in defeat I still also enjoy the Cosmic Angels.

Another highlight of the Stardom Award 2021 show for me was Fukigen Death.  There are not many out there doing what Fukigen Death is doing in wrestling today and it is just great and needs to be recognized by more people.  Stardom, though, always seems to be ahead of their time and if you've never seen Stardom before or are just looking for a place to dive back in, why not start here?  The shows have a ring announcer but no commentary, which is a nice touch since I find most commentary to be unnecessary.

NXT 2.0 and their New Year's Evil show was all right but I could have done without a lot of the middle of the show.   I really enjoyed the Carmelo Hayes win over Roderick Strong and that was the one match I was really watching this show to see.   The Six Man Tag and Women's Title matches just fell flat to me and it might also be that I don't care about Mandy Rose as Champion.  There was also a segment in here with Von Wagner, in which Wade Barrett remarked that he was going crazy like Antonio Brown and that just seemed like a shot at mental health that didn't need to be made but perhaps that's just me.

The show closed and took us into the new era of NXT 2.0 with Bron Breakker as the new NXT Champion.  This was the second title shot for Bron Breakker (who I do enjoy) and I thought he would win it on his first try but the fact that it finally happened just seems right.  NXT has been undergoing this major overhaul since becoming NXT 2.0 and they seem to be phasing out certain people while focusing more on others.  It seems only fitting that with the new year they've fully made that move and now it's just a matter of seeing how this all plays out with a new cast.  



On Friday (1/7) I tried to watch the EVE Revolt, Resist And Riot show on YouTube but it started off as being free for the first four matches and then turned into something where you had to be a member to see the last two matches.  As this show was going on, I was realizing this and I didn't quite know what I had to do to become a "member" at the time, so after the first four matches I just sort of bailed on it and figured I'd go back to it later.   I realized I'd have to "subscribe" to the EVE YouTube Channel as a paying member and it would be $9.99/month to do that.  So I'm thinking about doing that and when I do I will go back and re-watch the entire show from 1/7 and then the show from 1/8 as well.  This paragraph is mainly here to let you know how great Lana Austin is.

While there are still some aspects of Impact Wrestling I do not enjoy, between them, WWE and AEW I don't feel like any of them is really free of having problematic wrestlers on their roster.  I've just sort of come to accept this I suppose.  But still, I'm watching Impact Wrestling because I don't want to feel like the entire roster is suffering for the actions of one man.  This latest episode- the first one of 2022- had some great matches with JONAH vs Jake Something, Deonna Purrazzo vs Mercedes Martinez and Ace Austin/Madman Fulton vs Hernandez/Johnny Swinger.  

It's funny but not haha but in 2021 I do believe that we have seen more wrestlers live from Impact Wrestling- names like Hernandez, Eddie Edwards, Jake Something and Ace Austin- than we did from AEW and that's kind of cool.   This episode of Impact also marked the debut of Masha Slamovich, as she took on Sandra Moone (who was also debuting) and this match lasted less than a minute but Masha Slamovich made an impression.   And I just think about how Masha Slamovich coming into Impact is huge because of all of the other women in their Knockouts Division and how that is just the best place to be right now.

This was also the go-home show for Hard To Kill, which I hope to watch some time this week and it just seems like Impact is coming out hot and hopefully in 2022 more people begin to put eyes on Impact Wrestling.  I'm also really, personally, hoping that Impact Wrestling gets some action figures during the year 2022 but we shall have to see how that plays out.



So far this week I have watched a lot of the television shows for wrestling.  I started with NXT UK because they announced a main event NXT UK Women's Title match with Meiko Satmoura defending against Blair Davenport and I just felt like I needed to see that.   The match delivered and even though Blair Davenport lost she still attacked Meiko Satomura afterwards so this might turn into a feud.   I am also secretly upset with NXT UK though because this was one of the few times I've watched it and I didn't plan on watching it again but they're saying it's the last NXT UK match of WALTER this week so I'm likely going to end up watching again for that.

I then watched the first episode of MLW's Azteca and I found it to be a lot of fun because it had a main event with Hammerstone and Pagano teaming together.  It's just that idea of taking the MLW stars and combining them with Lucha Libre to give us something somewhat like Lucha Underground but not quite the same and I'm interested in seeing how it all plays out.  MLW is just one of those companies that always seems to have great matches and the talent is there but the fans just can't quite seem to keep up for some reason.

As I backtracked to Saturday, I caught up with Impact Wrestling by watching Hard To Kill 2022.   This show looked like it was going to be awesome on paper but while I was watching it I felt like there were a few key components missing.   It opened up with the first ever Knockout's Ultimate X match, which was a lot of fun and rightfully won by Tasha Steelz (future Champ right there)  Then I feel like the show fell into a bit of a lull up until the main event for the Knockouts Title.

I wasn't really invested in the X Division Title match nor the ROH World Title match and I'm not sure what would have changed that for me.  I'm not the biggest fan of Jonathan Gresham so that had a lot to do with that match and the X Division match just wasn't all that I hoped it could be.   JONAH vs Josh Alexander went on a little bit too long and I actually preferred the JONAH match vs Jake Something on Impact TV a little bit more.    The Hardcore War was actually a lot of fun though and it made the fans chant "You sick fuck" at Eddie Edwards so that was also a great moment to kick of 2022.

One of my biggest problems with Impact Wrestling is that I don't like Moose.  He's got a sketchy past and in the year 2020 he was posting videos where he was hanging out/training with a convicted sex offender, so I'm not going anywhere near him let alone letting Quentin near him, but aside from all of that I've just never been a fan of his.  The idea that he comes out and everyone just says "Moose!" over and over as he pumps his fist... it's just so one dimensional and not for me.   Sadly, I don't think Moose is losing the title until he either gets a match with Josh Alexander or Sami Callihan returns but this match did make me think at times that either Matt Cardona or W.Morrissey might win and for that it was all right.

The main event was my favorite match tied with the Ultimate X and so you can just kind of see how I really enjoyed this show as a bookend sense but what was in between was mostly just all right.  If I could pick and choose which matches to watch, I would only recommend three (Ultimate X, Hardcore War and Knockouts Title) and for a seven match show that's slightly below average overall.   Still, the matches that were good were *really* good.  I loved the moment when Deonna Purrazzo yelled "Fuck you, Mickie!" and I'm interested to see now where this all goes because it looks like we could be getting Mickie James vs Tasha Steelz at some point soon and I'm down with that.



This week was a weird one for wrestling because I watched and didn't watch some shows which I thought would be better.  It all started with NWA Powerrr which made its return to YouTube for free.  For context: Prior to the global pandemic, NWA had their show Powerrr on YouTube weekly for free and it was good.  I watched it and enjoyed it.   They stopped doing it during the pandemic but then when they brought it back it wasn't as good as it was before (they lost a lot of their talent) and it also ended up on FITE for money.  I guess that didn't go so well as they came back to YouTube and I watched this episode of Powerrr to hope for the best but I think going forward I won't watch episodes unless they have matches on them I really want to see.

My first problem with the NWA right now is that they have Kamille as their Women's Champion and when I first saw her in NWA she was a valet.  I know valets can wrestle and all of that, but since I first saw her as a valet my mind always thinks of her that way and so when she wrestles I'm a bit more critical of her.  I also just think she has the acting performance of Linda McMahon.  NWA has come a long way since their days of having Thunder Rosa as Women's Champion but that way has been mostly backwards.  Kylie Rae was a bright spot on this show and if she was Champ that would make a difference to me.  

I enjoyed seeing Wrecking Ball Legursky on the show- as more promotions should be using him- but he lost to Matt Taven who is one of my least favorite parts of ROH.   Natalia Markova and Paola Baze did nothing for me and there were segments with wrestlers in between the matches which included Damien Sandow, Mike Knox and the tag team of Dirty Dango and JTG, who are the Dirty Sexy Boys.   I really enjoy what I've seen of JTG post-WWE, but none of those other names have done anything for me and it just feels like there's this certain timeframe in WWE (in the early 21st Century) where if you worked for them and didn't make it much past the midcard then the NWA has a place for you.   There is so much actual wrestling talent out there, are people really tuning in to see Mike Knox in 2022?

I looked up the card for the next episode of Powerrr and it has a women's match I'd like to see, with Jennacide in it, but then the rest of the card just looks so bad because you have to see Dango, Tyrus, Mike Knox... It's like they didn't even take the best wrestlers from this era of WWE when they could have had maybe Ezekial Jackson, for example, although he might either be retired or just want nothing to do with NWA.  Where is Sylvester Terkay?  Can't they get Renee Dupree in here? I'd even take Chris Masters at this point.  And why can't Carlito be in the NWA?

Following this, I slept through the newest episode of NXT 2.0- the one with AJ Styles- and I'm not going to go back and watch it.  Then, on Saturday night, I watched Zicky Dice's Outlandish Paradise stream for free live on Twitch.  If you look at the card and you see the matches, you'll pretty much get the idea of what this show was like in terms of in ring work- and don't get me wrong, as far as the in ring stuff goes I really enjoyed this show and it was a lot of fun to watch.  I'd definitely watch another one.

My problem with this show is that while it felt like someone- let's say Zicky Dice- put it all together in doing so they focused only on the wrestling aspect of it, which meant those scheduled to appear and the match ups which could be made with those names.   A lot of the rest of this show seemed to fail, for me, and that basically goes for the commentary team as well as the in ring announcer.   Zicky Dice is in Impact Wrestling.  Could he not get someone a little bit more professional to either do commentary or ring announcing work?

One of my biggest pet peeves about this (and there are numerous reasons why I didn't enjoy the commentary) was that early on the commentators were discussing the Hey Brother Battle Royal and they said that the winner would receive a prize, but they didn't know what that prize was.   Now, if you were like me or even just did the most minimal amount of research for this show, you would note that the poster for the show (which I have included above) says the winner will receive "1 million", which could be thought to be dollars.  

Now, what actually happened was the winner of that Battle Royal received an oversized check for 1 million "exposure bucks", but imagine how much better this would have played out if the commentators had emphasized the fact that the winner was expecting to receive one million *dollars* but instead got "exposure bucks".   It's like they went with the punchline even though the announce team failed to set up the joke.

There were also two different people who went on commentary during the matches that just felt like fans.   This wasn't the worst idea anyone in wrestling has ever had (and I've heard worse commentary before) but this also meant that there were three people trying to talk about the match at the same time and, well, three people are just too many to do commentary on a show at once.  Anything more than two is just overkill and as Joey Styles proved in ECW, you can do rather well with only one voice.

My official recommendation for Zicky Dice's Outlandish Paradise is to go back and watch the show on Twitch if you can and just mute it.   If you cannot watch a replay (I'm not sure how all that works with Twitch) and Zicky Dice does another show like this, do be sure to check it out because I might also be a little bit bias on the commentary aspect because I'm so used to going to live wrestling shows I rarely think about the commentary and all of that.  



One of the things which I think bothers me about NWA Powerrr is how it just opens with "Hi, please welcome my guest at this time" and it just feels like we're starting in the middle of the show for some reason.  Can they not just run the theme song and intro then get into this nonsense?  So we go into this interview where May Valentine (?) interviews Melina, who feels like she shouldn't have to be in a number one contender's match to get a title shot.  May Valentine then asks Melina if she's concerned that she might... be... fired... for taking this stance.  What the actual fuck NWA.   The delivery by May Valentine is just terrible here, so wooden, and that's what this whole segment comes down to>? Melina could be fired for voicing her opinion?  Makes sense to me!

This show started with the only match I really cared about and that was a number one contender's match for a shot at the NWA Women's Title.  It featured Jennacide, Kiera Hogan, Christi Jaynes and Kenzie Paige.    These really are four great wrestlers here so I'm hoping that the women's division can improve.  Funny thing, right when the match started Joe Galli seemed to called Kenzie Paige "Kenji Paige" and that was a bit awkward.    In all fairness though, Joe Galli also seemed to add too many syllables to the name of Kiera Hogan.  

I'm not sure why Kiera Hogan left Impact Wrestling but if it was for the NWA to build their women's division around her then that might not be the worst thing.  However, if Kiera Hogan is going to lose to Kamille then this all just makes no sense to me.  The best women's wrestling is in Impact Wrestling so why wouldn't Kiera Hogan just stay there?  I'm going to see how it all plays out there before I pass judgment.

I've said this before but it really feels like the NWA is just picking up the worst parts of ROH.  I'm not joking: When ROH had their weekly shows on FITE, I'd go to the FITE app and see the match listing.   If the matches were bad, I wouldn't watch the show.  If the matches were good, I'd watch the show.   This, of course, was all based on my opinion of those involved.  It just feels like all of the wrestlers who I'd skip the shows for are coming from ROH to NWA and maybe it's only a matter of time before we see the AC/DC Man Brian Johnson.

In a backstage segment (which are all terrible) Rodney Mack attacked Jax Dane and the whole theory I've had about the NWA just being full of WWE wrestlers from the early 21st Century who never made it past the IC Title level just proves further and further to be good.   And on some real talk, there are wrestlers within WWE who never held the big title- names like Mr Perfect, Owen Hart, Roddy Piper- but the NWA is pulling guys of that level.   I'd even prefer to see whatever name Curtis Axel wants to go by and Bo Dallas in the NWA right now.  

I feel like I know Mims from CWFH and I do enjoy that he's a fresh face here in NWA, but Anthony Mayweather very much feels like he could've been part of that early 2000's WWE jobber class.   Mims has potential, but I really don't mind if I never see Anthony Mayweather again.   A commercial airs where the NWA says that the landscape of professional wrestling is changing and they want to be at the forefront of it.   This is funny because it's an ad for you to subscribe to NWA for an entire year (as if their content will be worth it in six months) but yet it feels like the NWA is a few weeks away from dragging out Luther Reigns and saying he's the real Big Dog in wrestling.

Cyon has a backstage interview and everyone wonders who his father is.  Commentary says there are plenty of former NWA Champions to choose from, sure, but how many of them have children that would be the approximate age?  Someone could probably run the numbers and figure it out rather easily.  This takes us into a match with Dirty Dango & JTG teaming together and this is just not at all what I like about wrestling.   As much as it may appear as if I am watching this show now, it is mostly just on in the background.

Apparently Tyrus has a stable but I can't be bothered to care about this match.   I also realize now I've been complaining about the NWA in far too many paragraphs here.   I shouldn't give this so much effort, but I suppose it is because I feel like the NWA could be as good as it was pre-pandemic but it just seems to have fallen off more than possibly any other promotion before it.   There is an ad for NWA USA inside of this sow and I remember now that I should be watching that as well.   Maybe.  I don't know.  I might need to step back from the NWA next month if this doesn't get better.

So there is a match next where Cyon takes on Judais who is with James Mitchell and yet somehow Judias is not Ricky Banderas.   This makes no sense to me but neither does a lot of what NWA does.   I also am just not looking forward to this tag team main event so I'm going to stop venting on the NWA now.  I will be sucked into the next show to see the women but I'm also not going to be very happy about it.  



Today was a snow day so I started it off by watching the second episode of MLW's AZTECA.  But first, I need to backtrack because yesterday I subscribed to Pro-Wrestling EVE on YouTube (just $9.99/month to unlock so much more bonus content) and I went back and finished watching "Revolt, Resist And Riot", which was just so much fun.   I love how I can dive into a new promotion and just feel like everyone in it is already such a character and on their way to being a star.   Names like Lana Austin, Jetta, The AVA, Skye Smitson and Emersyn Jayne... they all just seem to know who they are and it just all works so perfectly together.

This show ended with a pretty brutal main event featuring Emersyn Jayne vs Charli Evans and it was all of the blood you could hope to see.  There is another show- which was held the next day- on their YouTube now that I'll go back and watch, but I really also put down the money because of a rather big show they have coming up in February.  I don't mind paying for wrestling every month if it is really good and feels like it's worth that price and Pro-Wrestling EVE has something special happening and is definitely worth it.

Jumping backwards to the start now, I watched the newest MLW show on their YouTube channel for free- and, hey, if you can do it for free more power to you.  Yesterday I went on a rather long coffee-fueled rant about the NWA and most of what I feel is wrong with it right now.  Everything about what MLW is doing just feels right to me, and this especially rings true because they have their shows in Mexico now so it is incorporating a lot of the lucha libre style.  Seeing Alex Kane as the National Openweight Champion and defending that title against Aerostar to Pagano and Savio Vega going at it in a hardcore match, MLW just hits all of the right notes right now with all of the right talent for me.



Last week I watched the latest episode of NXT 2.0 and was quite impressed by the WALTER vs Roderick Strong match.  After the match, however, WALTER had a change of name- which seems to be buzzing social media more than the match itself- and regardless of what anyone else may feel about this I just think it's a stupid idea because WALTER has already been introduced to wrestling fans within NXT (and NXT UK) as WALTER.   As an example, it's not like we had a few months (years?) of matches with KENTA wrestling in NXT as KENTA and then they changed his name to Hideo Itami.  So I just feel like the window for this type of name change has passed and, yes, it is sad that this is what the focus of WWE is right now.

We were at a live wrestling show on Friday night but I have to go back and watch at least one show from that night on IWTV.   So maybe this is out of order in terms of dates because I have to catch a replay but next up for me was GCW's "TheWrldOnGCW" show.   There are two things which I feel I need to say about this show before even saying anything specific about the show itself.  

First off, this GCW show is just great for professional wrestling overall.  Whether you are a fan of GCW or not, just knowing how many options exist and thrive outside of WWE is really something to be proud of, no matter where you stand in wrestling (even just as a fan)  Also, the amount of talent on this show just goes to show not just how many amazing wrestlers are out there right now but think of all of the names that also *weren't* on this show and just goes to show the depths that independent wrestling has reached and that is also just something to cherish. 



Though I put on Championship Wrestling From Memphis, I did so because I thought that Jordynne Grace was going to versus Thunder Rosa (based on the thumbnail) but as it turned out they were just part of a Rumble type match.   I tried watching CWFM at one point because it's free on YouTube and I just couldn't get into it.   This Rumble match had two different people in it with the first name "Big" and then when they had someone come out simply named "Matt" I was once again tuned out to CWFM.

I also somehow got SWE Fury back into my playlist as the new episode came on YouTube for me.  I haven't watched SWE Fury for a while, but this show had the main event match of Charlie Haas defending the title against Mil Muertes.  Also on the show Marti Belle took on Miranda Gordy and that was a good match.  I just wish that this episode didn't feel like it was in a haze and perhaps more importantly I wish Kevin Sullivan didn't come off sounding like a sexist piece of shit.  Time shall see if I go back to SWE Fury or not.

The newest episode of MLW was also on YouTube- I'm still not sure if it's called "Lucha Azteca" or just "Azteca" but either way this was a fun episode.   Along with all of the lucha action, there was also a match between Proximo and Toto, who I didn't know but are luchadors fighting out of the CRASH promotion in Mexico, I believe, so it was nice to see some fresh faces in the world of lucha libre.



To close out the month (If I watch any wrestling today I will write about it to start February) I watched a match between Charli Evans and Cara Noir which is on the YouTube page of Resurgence Wrestling right now for free.  This match was really good and I was really looking forward to it because it was part of an event called "Bring Me The Mask Of Cara Noir".  I'd like to see the whole event one day, but for right now, this is just one of those matches you should be watching when considering your matches of the year later on.  Both Cara Noir and Charli Evans are just at the top of their game right now.

I also watch the episode of Impact Wrestling where Deonna Purrazzo defeated Rok-C to become the ROH Women's Champion in the main event.   This show had a good opening match with Laredo Kid defeating Chris Bey.  I really like Laredo Kid and really feel like someone should just put a Championship on him and see what happens.  This show also had Mike Bailey vs Jake Something, which was just great, and then Masha Slamovich defeated Vert Vixen.  There is also this tension between Mike Bailey and Ace Austin, which could lead to a match and I enjoy that as well.  So much of what Impact is doing right now just feels so right.

But then, you have the Impact World Title and that just feels like a mess.  It's one of the only low points on their show right now.   Moose and W. Morrissey are building towards a singles match for the title and I don't think that having W. Morrissey as champion but I also don't see it happening.  And it just feels like Impact needs that wrestler right now who can be the face of the company but they don't have them.   Sami Callihan truly can't come back fast enough.

On Saturday we watched the WWE Royal Rumble, and this will be my sort of last wrestling of January 2022.  I watch NXT but I haven't watched the main roster of WWE in over ten years.   I didn't like the fact that it felt like everyone who came out during the Women's Rumble as a legend (Melina, Ivory, etc) seemed to be eliminated so quickly and the men didn't really seem to have many surprises like that.  

After the Lesnar-Lashley match I thought that the tag match must have been on the pre-show and we missed it because of how long this was going on.  Didn't WWE switch to PG to become "family friendly"?  I don't care if it's Saturday night, midnight is late for Quentin to be up watching this! (Note: Quentin did not watch the Royal Rumble with us) It also feels like it's a bit late for me but I was just sort of underwhelmed by it all.

When Brock Lesnar lost the title to Bobby Lashley I literally tweeted about Lesnar coming back and winning the Rumble and how I didn't want to see it.  But it didn't really seem as if WWE had anyone else who could've won the Rumble anyway.  Maybe AJ Styles, but he got punked.  But in the grand scheme of things it was a good angle because Lesnar could go after Bobby Lashley at Wrestlemania and get the title back he lost or he could go against Roman Reigns, who cost him that title.  

I'm guessing there will be some type of Paul Heyman in a shark cage match with Roman Reigns vs Brock Lesnar at Wrestlemania, but the fact that sets up someone such as AJ Styles, Seth Rollins, Big E, etc to vs Bobby Lashley will be nice.  There is a 90% chance right now though that I'm not going to watch Wrestlemania live, so who knows.  I also wish some of the NXT Champions- Bron Breakker or Melo- could've been in the Rumble match but it is what it is.  


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