The first episode for Mixed Tag Mayhem TV Editor Tom Chang and Social Media Editor Kimberly Cook talk about the upcoming card for WWE’s Money in the Bank, CM Punk UFC future, John Cena’s WWE future and reminisce about WWE’s King of the Ring.
The first topic was the matches for WWE’s Money in the Bank 2018. First match was the women’s Money in the Bank between Ember Moon, Charlotte Flair, Alexa Bliss, Becky Lynch, Natalya, Lana, Naomi, and Sasha Banks. Kimberly favors Lana and Tom concurred, but it can possibly go Alexa Bliss’ way as well. There was also discussion between who got left out like Bayley, whose feud with Banks could have been much more.
Next was the men’s Money in the Bank with Braun Strowman, Finn Balor, The Mix, Rusev, Bobby Roode, Kevin Owens, Samoa Joe and one member of The New Day. Kimberly picked Strowman to take it. Tom made a case for both Strowman or Joe to take it.
When it came to WWE Championship match between AJ Styles versus Shinsuke Nakamura in their third bout, the reception was mixed, but both leaned to Styles retaining.
The Raw Women’s Championship between Nia Jax and Ronda Rousey has Kimberly favoring Rousey for her first taste at WWE gold, while Tom picked Jax in a kitchen-sink type finish where Rousey comes up short losing due to outside interference and professional jealousy in the locker room playing some part in the finish.
Tom and Kimberly disagreed to the finish of SmackDown Women’s Championship between Carmella and Asuka. Kim picked Asuka to finally win the title, but Tom picked Carmella to be the resourceful heel and retain.
Kimberly referred to the Roman Reigns and Jinder Mahal match as the “bathroom break” and picked Reigns to come out on time. Tom agreed with the outcome and how ultimately off-putting both have been to the WWE Universe based on lack of definitive crowd reaction.
Kimberly sees Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson coming up over the Bludgeon Brothers. Tom sees the WWE-made Bludgeon Brothers more likely to be the victors for the WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship.
Both agreed Bobby Lashley will likely make short work of Sami Zayn.
Both also agreed that Seth Rollins will retain his Intercontinental Championship over Elias given Rollin’s massive push.
The discussion closed out the pay per view with predicting Daniel Bryan emerging victorious over Big Cass.
Notably absent from the card was Brock Lesnar who was about to supplant CM Punk’s title reign time as champion despite Punk’s title defenses embarrassingly dwarfing Lesnar’s. Following Punk’s loss at the hands of Mike Jackson at UFC 225, his future was discussed since he was likely done as a competitor. Also touched was Punk’s declaration that he has no desire to return to the wrestling ring even if Japan was a viable option. Punk’s other ventures in comics and natural charisma could translate to TV and film.
Speaking of film, the future of WWE’s current no. 1 ambassador John Cena didn’t look like he had much of a future aside from the occasional novelty match. With no dream lingering veterans to hang around, Cena doesn’t appear to have much place left to prove in a WWE ring.
Kimberly and Tom also discussed about Cena’s improved presence in Hollywood from Blockers, Bumblebee and even Trainwreck. Cena could very well follow Dwayne Johnson’s path to Hollywood as the top WWE star-tuned leading man.
To close out the show, Kimberly and Tom reflected on WWE’s formerly traditional June pay per view, the King of the Ring discussing talent who have won the tournament and if it had benefitted their careers. Of all the past winners, both agreed Mabel/Viscera didn’t get the benefit as he should have. Also touched was how WWE prior to the KOR treated the title of “King” like a belt like those of Harley Race and “Macho Man” Randy Savage. Not mentioned was “Hacksaw” Jim Duggan.
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