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FEBRUARY 20, 2017
LOS ANGELES, CALIF. AT STAPLES CENTER
By Joey Galizia (@RamJam89), PWTorch contributor
“WHY AM I ON THIS LIST?”
I’m not crying… you’re crying. SHUT UP. I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to shout. I’m sure most of you are feeling just as broken as I am after the horrific tragedy that took place last week in Las Vegas when Kevin Owens (WHY?) attacked his BBF Chris Jericho during their “Festival of Friendship.” Y2J poured his heart and soul out to KO exclaiming that their time together has made this past year one of the greatest he’s ever had in the WWE. Prior to the segment, Triple H decided to have a “talk” with the Universal Champion where I am sure The Game (DAMN HIM) told Owens that Jericho is holding him back. While this angle was expected to come sooner or later, I don’t think I was prepared for how brutal it would hit. It’s just a reminder that KO is one of the most dangerous men on the roster because when he sees the blood in his eyes HE MURDERS YOU. This is probably my emotions talking, but I hope Goldberg dismantles the prizefighter at Fastlane. Until then, KO better have some answers for the WWE Universe tonight.
“SOMETHING DOESN’T SEEM RIGHT”
On an opposite note; what a joy it was to watch Bayley finally achieve her life-long dream. The Hugger not only got to main event Raw (in a very good match), but walk out of the T-Mobile arena as the new Raw Women’s Champion. However, according to WWE.com, the title win may be tainted – and perhaps even taken back – due to the interference from Dana Brooke and Sasha Banks. I’m not saying I hope that happens, but Charlotte is already a four-time champion just from the past few months so PLEASE LET THAT HAPPEN. It would swing the pendulum back to the “true underdog” status for Bayley and have her big moment come at the SHOW OF SHOWS. No guarantee that is the route they are taking so definitely tune in to find out. Also, let’s hope that this is the first seed in the return of the Boss as we knew her from NXT, because it was that Sasha that knew how to hold on to a belt.
“TWO ALL BEEF PATTIES WITH SPECIAL SAUCE AND IN GREAT SHAPE”
I don’t know about you, but I am rather excited to watch the clashing of the big men tonight in L.A. Big Show is in possibly the best shape of his life and will be looking to send a message to his WrestleMania opponent Shaq. (Typing that still feels weird.) Braun Strowman, on the other hand, has been on one of the best monster runs in recent memory. He decimated Mark Henry last week and will look to do the same to the World’s Largest Athlete in an effort to show his Fastlane opponent Roman Reigns that HE DON’T PLAY AROUND. Videos of Roman and Braun’s house show matches have surfaced and it looks like the two have MAD chemistry, which is exciting! Will Reigns poke his Big Dawg head into this bout?
Seriously, how great does Joe look in a suit? (The answer is REALLY great.) In Vegas, Joe had a sit-down interview with Michael Cole regarding his current involvement with Triple H, and his attack on Seth Rollins. In it he declared that he will run through anyone and everyone, but that he really holds no allegiances. He fights for himself and himself only. After Sami Zayn called-out his actions as cowardly, Samoa blindsided the Likeable One and locked on the Coquina Clutch. These two have already gone at it down in Full-Sail, but are now feuding for totally different reasons. Fastlane will be a good first chapter for these two and hopefully it advances them to their proper feuds going into Mania.
-Emmalina debuted and said she’s going back to Emma. The segment was awkward and kinda funny and also THANK GOD.
-The Club may be champions, but they proved ineffective in a handicap-match against Roman Reigns. Hopefully they regain some of their badassery tonight because with two possible challengers on the horizon they’ll need to be looking sharp.
-Where is Nia Jax?!
-Nothing announced yet for the Purple Brand, but Neville and Jack Gallagher both notched victories on the old belt and had a vicious encounter at the end of last weeks 205 live. While I am excited for Jack to be competing for the strap, I fear for his life because Neville A SCARY DUDE WHEN HE ANGRY YO.
-Cesaro uppercutted Enzo Amore back to Long Island. Big Cass no like. I bet he and Sheamus fight tonight because REASONS. (Main roster is bleeding tag teams BADLY.)
Excited for the show? Worth checking out for the Women and the KO controversy alone! BRING THE PAIN MONDAY NIGHT.