It's been quite awhile since we had any wrestling talk in The Three Count so let's hit it hard today. First topic, Kevin Owens. Hell of a promo from Kevin Owens to start RAW on Monday. Great to see the WWE trying to get back to Kevin Owens being a bad-ass. The stuff with Jericho was funny and entertaining but didn't do Kevin Owens the character a lot of favors. I've been saying in my last couple PPV previews that Owens' title reign has been a huge disappointment. Whether it was because of his comedy routine with Jericho or waiting for the return of HHH, the title reign itself has been very disappointing.
Maybe this new bad ass look can save the title reign a little bit though. And I guess it's not even a new look, it's just a return to his original look. This bad ass look was what Owens came into NXT with and how he debuted on RAW, with his victory over John Cena. Now though, he's got to maintain that momentum. I know there are rumors of Goldberg winning the title at FastLane but that can't happen in my opinion. I can't see WWE giving Owens a clean win over Goldberg, but Owens has to walk out of FastLane the champ if this return to the old Kevin Owens is going to stick. Have Lesnar interfere, have Jericho interfere, have anyone you want interfere.....but if we are going to take this new look from Owens seriously, he can't lose the title in his first defense after splitting from Jericho.
I got to see the last hour of SmackDown live last night. I'd have to imagine the ending to that main event battle royal didn't come off as planned. Either way, it brings up a topic I was thinking of last month and I'm sure many people have talked about in the past. How much different would pro wrestling be if basic instant replay was instituted?
So many wrestling swerves and cheating are all based on the premise from the 1960's that if the ref doesn't see it, it can't be overturned. There are cameras all over the building and all around the ring, instant replay really should be an easy thing to implement in wrestling. But then you take away the run-ins, the interferences, the ref bumps, etc. You really would lose a lot. But if you are a new wrestling company trying to start up, wouldn't you try instant replay? It gives you a different feel from WWE and would maybe push WWE's hand a little bit.
For years TNA tried to compete with WWE, why didn't they ever institute instant replay? Say "Hey WWE, it's 2014. We're using instant replay in all our matches. If you don't want to insult the intelligence of your fans, you would too." It would also force you to be more creative with match endings and storylines. You cheat and the ref doesn't see it, but it's caught after the match via replay.....you have a punishment next week or a rematch. Or something to that effect.
Either way, it's even hard picturing what professional wrestling would be like with instant replays all the time.
It was announced this week that The New Day were going to be the "Hosts of WrestleMania". Maybe an UNPOPULAR OPINION ALERT from me, I'm not sure though, but I love this announcement. Haven't read enough online or on Twitter what other people are thinking about this but I love the decision. Hopefully though, they do more with it than The Rock did when he was the host.
I've been a proponent for probably a year now that the WWE needs to do more with the New Day.....push them to the main event scene and give Big E or Kofi a real run at the Universal Championship. But that ship has yet to come into the harbor. So you have to do something with them and it kept getting clearer and clearer that it wasn't going to be a high-profile match at WrestleMania this year. So if you are just going to put them in a throw-away multi-tag match, why not try something else with them.
The New Day isn't as popular as they are because they consistently put on 4-to-5 star tag matches. They are popular because they are funny and entertaining. This role should hopefully provide them an opportunity to be funny and entertaining throughout the show. Will be interesting to see how the WWE provides them that opportunity or what The New Day comes up with.