There's a classic cartoon scene I remember watching when I was a young kid that I was reminded of while watching Game 1 of the NBA Finals last night. I tried looking on YouTube for it but I couldn't find it anywhere. I'm not sure who the main character was, I think it was an old version of Bugs Bunny, but the idea was the character was visiting a dam. And a hole forms in the damn and water starts pouring out of it. So the character puts his finger in the hole to stop the water from pouring out. He thinks he's solved the problem but then another hole forms. So he stretches, takes one of his toes, and places it in that hole while his finger is still in the other hole. And this continues over and over and over. He fills the holes with his toes, hands, gum, nose....anything he can find until he runs out of options and the water fills the area.
That's the feeling I get when watching a team try to guard the Warriors. They just have so many options that can come at you from anywhere. You can kind of plug one hole for a little bit and stay close for a quarter or so but then another hole pops up that you have to account for. And then you try to guard that option and someone else starts scoring . And eventually, it just becomes too much and buckets start falling from everywhere and you're down 20.
And with the addition of Durant to the Warriors this year, those holes you have to fill are bigger and more frequent than they were in years past. His presence alone on the court for the Warriors along with Curry, Thompson, and Green makes them incredibly difficult to defend for long-stretches of time. I'm not breaking any news here that adding a Top 5 player to your roster makes it better, I get that. But it's not like most of Durant's points were on difficult or even long shots. Most were dunks and open shots that were given to him because there were so many other options on the floor that Cleveland had to contain. Ty Lue and the Cavs have to figure out that seemingly impossible task quickly or the dam is going to flood real soon.
I'm not going to sit here and tell you I know anything about this Paris Climate Agreement thing. Or even that I had ever heard about it before last week. Or that I know why it's located in Paris. It does sound like a big deal though.
What I will say though, is in these things I'm not very familiar with it's comforting to know we have a sound, rational leader at the helm like Donald Trump making these significant decisions for our country and our world.
Despite leaders and science experts across the globe stating that this is a bad idea, it's comforting to know our leader has the courage to stand only with the countries of Syria and Nicaragua against this agreement. It's comforting to know that despite nearly 200 other countries being in the agreement, our President will stand up for what he believes is best for the American people. President Trumps calm, level-headed demeanor and history of solid decision making really puts my mind at ease in these times of anxiety.
Wrestling is at it's best when the outcome of a match could realistically go in multiple directions. After watching wrestling for 25 years or so, you get the feeling of predictability sometime because you've seen so many storylines and story arcs happen in your lifetime. It's still entertaining but you generally have a pretty good idea of where many matches might end up. This main event Fatal Five-way is not one of those predictable cases, at least for me. While I think some guys have a better chance of winning than others, I could realistically picture all five men winning on Sunday and heading off to face Brock Lesnar at Great Balls of Fire (yes, that actually is the real name of the next RAW PPV.) And that's exciting.
What also adds a layer of intrigue in this match for me is the fact that the winner goes on to face Brock Lesnar at the next PPV in his first title feud since winning the Championship at WrestleMania. Assuming Brock isn't going to lose his first title defense, is the winner of this match basically a sacrificial lamb to Lesnar? Is winning this Fatal Five Way a net benefit for these wrestlers then? Or do they drop the Championship immediately from Brock at Great Balls of Fire to set up a new feud for Lesnar and get the Championship back on TV? There are a lot of ways to go in the next couple months for RAW, and a lot of combinations to do so, and I'm very much looking forward to it.
I think Samoa Joe and Bray Wyatt are your two long shots. Both would be entertaining bouts with Brock but I'd say they have the smallest chances of pulling out a win at the Fatal Fiveway on Sunday. I think you're three favorites are Rollins, Reigns, and Balor; with Reigns and Balor being slightly favored over Rollins.
Rollins winning would give his character some direction and purpose, which it seems to be missing lately. He could be the man to slay the giant that is Brock Lesnar and finally regain this throne that he lost via injury. He'd also have the WrestleMania Money in the Bank cash in call-back to play on against Brock Lesnar. I think that would be a fun feud that I'd like to see.
Finn Balor seems like WWE's golden project right now and they'll want to set him of for greatness. Featuring him against Brock Lesnar would help propel that motion and he's already had one in ring interaction with Paul Heyman to start telling that story. I haven't seen betting lines for the match yet but I'd say he's probably the betting line favorite in this match.
My pick though is Roman Reigns. One, like I've said in the past I think we are in the era of Reigns' career where you just can't go wrong picking him to win a match....just like Cena was in about 4-5 years ago. And secondly, Roman Reigns vs. Brock Lesnar is going to happen at sometime. The general rumor is that it's on tap for WrestleMania next year but that just seems like a long time to drag that out. WWE does get into a lull at times in my mind when they look too far ahead and sacrifice the present. Don't save Lesnar vs. Reigns for Mania. It makes sense to do it now, so let's do it now. Then figure out something else for the show that's 10 months away. There are enough stars on the roster to make a meaningful main event.