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Why Titus O’Neil Is One of the Best Parts of RAW Right Now

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The Titus Brand bandwagon (Brandwagon?) is coming this way, and I am here to say that I will be climbing aboard. The man used to be a reason to reach for the fast-forward button. Now he’s one of the more entertaining members of the roster. It took a while, but Titus O’Neil has found his niche on the roster. But why is the Titus Brand now a big deal? Allow me to explain.

Titus O’Neil Has Always Been Capable on the Mic

After Titus cut that dreadful promo on Raw after Summerslam (you know the one I’m talking about), everyone said he was hot garbage on the microphone. That’s simply not true. When he would work commentary, many praised him for his wit and good speaking ability. He sounded very natural. Barring the return of the Dudleys where he spent a good amount of time yelling incoherently, he was good.

Batista himself has said Titus would make a very good public speaker. I do think Titus is a good speaker. However, he’s better off staying away from those dead-serious promos. The reason the “I want Darren” promo sucked is because you could tell Titus was out of his element. When you watch him trying to earn a spot in the New Day or pushing his Titus Brand, he’s clearly more comfortable and more natural sounding. You have to play to a superstar’s strengths. You wouldn’t make Stone Cold cut a John Cena promo. Roman Reigns should avoid talking like Santino Marella. Bayley should avoid talking at all (I jest).

Now that Titus is having his strengths played to, he’s clearly better off. You can tell that he’s having fun. Dancing with the New Day, stealing Enzo Amore’s intro for himself, and all that jazz.

The Titus Brand Is Hilarious

Of course, humor is subjective, but many people, myself included, enjoy Titus’ segments on Raw. Ever since he moved away from Darren Young and began holding press conferences with Tom Phillips, he’s been a good bit of harmless fun. The “Tussle in Texas” was a particularly entertaining bout. It was hyped up as a legit fight, complete with a tale of the tape. 1 minute later, Titus is pinned after eating a World’s Strongest Slam from Mark Henry.

The addition of Apollo Crews to the Titus Brand will make for an even more interesting dynamic. Clearly Crews isn’t 100 percent on-board with the Brand. Still, he goes along with whatever wacky adventure Titus drags him to. Although O’Neil is very clearly a heel (a heel who just called the state of New Jersey “poor ass”), Crews is not entirely bad just yet. Titus receives all the heat, all while allowing Crews to slowly develop a character.

People have compared the two to LaVar and Lonzo Ball. To those who don’t know, Lonzo Ball is a Drake lookalike who many expect will be drafted in the next NBA Draft. LaVar is his loudmouth father who gets into all sorts of trouble. The comparison is there, and it works. Lonzo just wants to chill and play basketball, but LaVar keeps running his mouth and hyping him up as the Second Coming of Jesus. Same with O’Neil and Crews. Apollo just wants to wrestle and have fun, while Titus spews a whole lot of nonsense.

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NoDQ Video #958: Why Balor lost to Reigns

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Here is the latest edition of my Q&A video series. You can submit questions for future videos on my Twitter page and make sure to use the hashtag #RoadToNoDQ1000.

You can leave a comment or question below and I’ll try to respond to as many people as possible!

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Former WWE Superstar Shelly Martinez Blames Depression on Batista

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Former WWE Superstar Shelly Martinez announced on YouTube that she will be retiring from professional wrestling after this year.

“I’ve slowed down a lot but I haven’t retired yet but based on me just keep trying to make freaking wrestling work..”

She continued, “The time has definitely come and one of the signs that I know that wrestling is done for me is a couple. I’ve been having a real hard time these last couple of months and ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ has been promoted and now is out. For those of you that know that me and Dave Bautista got in a fight backstage, that’s how I got fired – so it’s been interesting for me to drive around town and I see Dave Batista’s face everywhere.”

“There’s a lot of healing that I did through all of that but I was finding myself getting depressed. I would wonder why am I depressed and I would backtrack my day and a lot of times it was triggered by Batista.”

She then said that if she didn’t get fired then she probably wouldn’t live where she lives now and she probably wouldn’t have met her boyfriend if she had stayed with WWE. She said she is thankful for what she has now but she is “tired of the BS and I’m tired of the fake and phoniness” from the wrestling business.

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NJPW Best Of The Super Juniors XXIV Preview (5/18/17): Ricochet & Ospreay Meet Again

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NJPW Best Of The Super Juniors XXIV Preview 5 18 17

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The NJPW Best Of The Super Juniors XXIV tournament continues tomorrow morning on NJPW World, and it’s all about A Block. The show kicks off at 5:30 am EDT Thursday morning, and it looks like we will only have a Japanese stream for this one. Tomorrow’s show from Korakuen Hall will be main evented by a rematch from last year’s BOSJ that set the wrestling world on fire: Will Ospreay vs Ricochet.

There will also be three other A Block tournament matches, as well as several multi-man tag bouts on the under-card. In an interesting note, Hiroshi Tanahashi is still scheduled to compete on tomorrow’s show. We reported yesterday that he had been injured at Sunday’s Ring Of Honor television tapings, but apparently, the injury isn’t as bad as everyone thought. If the card changes between now and show time, we will let everyone know.

NJPW Best Of The Super Juniors XXIV Night 2 Match Card

Tomoyuki Oka, Hirai Kawato, & Tiger Mask vs Katsuya Kitamura, Syota Umino, & Tetsuhiro Yagi.

ACH & Volador Jr. vs El Desperado & Yoshinobu Kanemaru.

David Finlay & War Machine vs Tanga Loa, Tama Tonga, & Yujiro Takahashi.

KUSHIDA, Ryusuke Taguchi, Juice Robinson, & Hiroshi Tanahashi vs SANADA, BUSHI, EVIL, & Tetsuya Naito.

BOSJ A Block Tournament Match
Taichi vs TAKA Michinoku.

BOSJ A Block Tournament Match
Dragon Lee vs Marty Scurll.

BOSJ A Block Tournament Match
Jushin “Thunder” Liger vs Hiromu Takahashi.

BOSJ A Block Tournament Match
Ricochet vs Will Ospreay.

You can join me on Twitter (@AbbeyA) as I live tweet the show (with a bunch of other really fun folks) beginning at 5:30 am EDT, and as always, I’ll have a full recap and review of the event as soon as it’s in the books.

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Charlotte Appearing on the Next Season of Total Divas?

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With Eva Marie not returning for the 7th season of Total Divas, WWE is interviewing other active female Superstars for the role on the show.

According to Pro Wrestling Sheet, Charlotte is one of the females have have been interviewed to join the cast of the upcoming season. A handful of other females have been interviewed as well however we are unable to confirm those names at this time.

In regards to Paige appearing on the next season, her status is unknown at this time. Nikki Bella, Brie Bella, Natalya and Naomi are a lock for the upcoming season.

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Reason Rusev Didn’t Appear on SmackDown Live Tonight

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WWE announced on last week’s episode of SmackDown Live that Rusev would be returning on tonight’s show. For those who watched the show tonight would have noticed that he never appeared despite being advertised in their 5-point preview on WWE.com earlier today.

Rusev revealed on Twitter that he was at the Nashville Predators’ NHL game instead.

It’s very possible that he is using that excuse as part of storyline. We will keep you updated.

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The Taz Show Recap – Raw Analysis, Rollins’ Set For A Big Year, Presentation of Finn Balor, More!

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Block 1:

Taz opens today’s show by discussing Braun Strowman’s elbow injury. Taz says that he believes WWE made a mistake by showing Strowman in the hospital bed on RAW last night, as he thought it made Strowman look too ‘human’. He also doesn’t think that Strowman will be out for 6 months like WWE has announced.

He doesn’t think that Roman Reigns will win the Fatal 5-way match at Extreme Rules, because he believes Reigns will go right back into another match with Strowman when he returns from his injury. Taz thinks Strowman’s recovery time will be closer to 2 months than the 6 that WWE announced.

A listener calls into the show and says he enjoyed Goldust turning on R-Truth on last night’s show. Taz says that this is a ‘C’ angle, and WWE needs to have those angles in order to keep everyone relevant. He says that having captivating angles throughout the entire roster is what made the attitude era so successful in his opinion.

Another listener calls into the show and says that both Alexa Bliss and A.J. Styles had good years last year as rookies, and he wonders if that gives WWE the confidence to push talent quicker. Taz says that wrestling  is a work, and Bliss and Styles had good years last year because the company pushed them. If WWE has faith in a performer, they’re going to book them to win more matches than they lose.

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Singles Match Added to Sunday’s WWE Backlash Event

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Shane McMahon announced on tonight’s episode of Talking Smack that Erick Rowan would face Luke Harper at Sunday’s WWE Backlash event. Here is the updated card:

WWE Title Match
Jinder Mahal vs. Randy Orton

SmackDown Tag Team Title Match
Tyler Breeze and Fandango vs. The Usos

WWE United States Title Match
AJ Styles vs. Kevin Owens

Naomi, Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch vs. Tamina Snuka, Carmella and Natalya

Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Dolph Ziggler

Sami Zayn vs. Baron Corbin

Erick Rowan vs. Luke Harper

Kickoff Pre-show
Aiden English vs. Tye Dillinger

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Dinner with the King Recap – Thoughts on Rip Rogers/Randy Orton Tweets, Stiff Punches, Why Does Lawler Still Work the Indies? More!

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Lawler opens today’s show speaking about this past weekend’s tweets from Rip Rogers and Randy Orton. First off, he says that he’s obviously a fan of Randy Orton and his work, and he’s been a fan of Rip Rogers for years. He thinks both of those men have a point in their concerns regarding the state of indie wrestling.

He believes that the issues lie in the fact that a lot of young indie performers are trying to get their foot in the door in the wrestling business. When they have an opportunity at an indie show, they try to do whatever they can to show the promoter that they’re worth hiring again for a future show.

Lawler agrees with Rogers in the sense that there’s no ‘kayfabe’ anymore. Performers work their match, shake each other’s hands and then go on social media and thank each other for the match. Lawler’s not sure that the performers are even to blame, because it’s the way the business has developed over the last number of years.

He also points out that competitors in all other sports often shake each other’s hand after their match or game, so perhaps it’s not the most ridiculous concept for wrestlers to congratulate each other and put each other over at the end of a match or a feud.

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WWE Backlash News: New Matches Added & Updated Card

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Updated WWE Backlash Card

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With WWE Backlash only a few days away, tonight’s SmackDown Live finally seemed to finalize the card. There was a new match added, and with the contract signing between the entire blue brand’s Women’s Division, Sunday’s card looks to be set.

Sami Zayn and Baron Corbin was added to the card tonight after Corbin once again attacked Zayn backstage. These two started their feud a few weeks back on an episode of Talking Smack, and it seems to just escalate every week.

And, on Talking Smack, Shane McMahon made a match between Erick Rowan and Luke Harper. The former Wyatt Family brothers will try to work out their issues at Backlash, as well.

With these two matches added, here’s the updated card.

WWE Backlash 2017 Match Card

Preshow
Aiden English vs Tye Dillinger.

Sami Zayn vs Baron Corbin.

Erick Rowan vs Luke Harper.

Shinsuke Nakamura vs Dolph Ziggler.

Naomi, Charlotte, and Becky Lynch vs Tamina Snuka, Carmella, and Natalya.

United States Title
Kevin Owens vs AJ Styles.

SmackDown Tag Team Titles
The Usos vs Breezango.

WWE World Title
Randy Orton vs Jinder Mahal.

As always, we will have aa full preview and predictions from our editors and full coverage of the show this weekend.

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