Ultimate Wrestling Q&A: Mixed Match Challenge, Cody & MJF, Simone Johnson & More…

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Ultimate Wrestling Q&A
Mixed Match Challenge, Cody & MJF, Simone Johnson & More
February 12, 2020
DougMaynard.com

I woke up this morning and waiting for me in my inbox was a great series of questions from the always incredible Cheese. My thanks for these. No time for love so let’s just get to work and do this. It’s the Ultimate Wrestling Q&A. And away we go.

It looks as if WWE will not be bringing back the Mixed Match Challenge. Thoughts?

From what I understand, Facebook wasn’t interested in doing another season and WWE has so many other things going on, it’s not a big deal for them either. It was a fun and interesting concept, but alas it was totally forgettable as well. With the exception of the Carmella pairing with R-Truth which was fantastic, I can’t think of a single big moment from the entire series. It was fun while it lasted, but it’s no big loss either.

MVP looks to be sticking around in WWE and wants to be a manager. Who would you like to see him manage?

From a report I read this morning, the future role of MVP with the company is most likely as a Producer / Agent. But if they did decide to go with the managerial role for MVP, I’d think he’d make a good heel manager and as for who I’d put him with, I think Ryder & Hawkins would be a good combination that could use a total repackaging and aligning them with MVP could be good. Maybe add EC3 and Curtis Axel to the mix as well and let the assistance of wrestling’s premiere “Baller” could help bring him back to his previous “Better Than Perfect” persona.

Thoughts on the AEW Cody / MJF lashing segment?

It was brutal to watch and yet impossible to turn away from. A very powerful bit of work between the ultimate baby-face in Cody and the supreme scum heel, MJF. It was so well done and even though I generally have little interest in most AEW stories, this has me wanting to see Cody kick MJF’s ass. I think, especially after listening to comments by Jim Cornette and a few others, that it could have been done in a way so Cody wouldn’t have had to take such brutal and painful shots. It was great, but rough and a bit over the top and not necessarily in a good way. The segment served it’s purpose and I want to see the match with Cody and MJF in the cage. But aside from that, I think it was an insane spot.

If you could make the top 5 matches for Wrestlemania, what would they be?

As of right now, my “Main Events” would be Brock versus McIntyre for the WWE Championship, Asuka versus Ronda Rousey for the RAW Women’s Championship, Sting versus Undertaker, Hulk Hogan in a “Retirement Match” versus Braun Strowman and Edge versus AJ Styles.

Thoughts on the WWE signing of Killer Kross?

I’m not very familiar with Kross, but I’ve seen some of his work at Impact Wrestling and the guy has skills. I’ve heard some good things about the man and everyone seems to think he’s a great signing for the WWE. Time will tell, but the only way we’ll know for sure is to wait and see. I think it’s a good signing though.

What does Heath Slater need to do to make it to the top of the WWE roster?

Based on what we’ve seen with his two former partners in the 3MB faction, Jinder Mahal and Drew McIntyre, I think that Heath will need to leave the company, go out and get totally ripped and then come back and he’ll be made WWE Champion. I’m just kidding (not really). If I can be serious for a moment (shout out to Lance Storm), Heath is not scorched earth and can be saved. Just a small push and a total character change with Heath not smiling and not talking about his kids, but instead all business and all serious and ruthless. Just start off slowly and subtle changes as Heath is fed up with being the whipping boy for the rest of the roster and let the character grow and evolve and doing whatever it takes to get ahead. Give him an attitude and you can have one of the biggest and best heels in the business.

The Rock’s daughter, Simone Johnson, has been signed by WWE. Good idea or not?

It’s the Rock’s daughter and for that purpose alone, it’s a great move by the WWE. Now the test will be to see just if she can perform and go in that ring and more importantly, get over with the fans. If Simone has just a fraction of her father’s personality and natural ability and attitude, it’s a great move. I just hope that WWE allows her to develop naturally and grow as a performer and talent before they try to rush her out there in front of the big crowds before she’s ready. Only time will tell what she can do in that ring and on the mic, but the future is hers for the taking. I don’t think that Rock would have let his daughter make the move to WWE and the Performance Center if he didn’t think she had the skills and character to succeed. Simone is someone to keep an eye on and watch. I’m hoping that we have another Charlotte in the making and that she’s a big star one day.

Paige said in an interview that she’d like to be a General Manager again. Should WWE bring back the role of “General Managers”?

I admit that the idea of “General Managers” and “Commissioners” and all of that is overdone and kind of stale, but I always liked the idea of a character who is the main Authority figure for a company or show. I think that every group needs a boss and someone who can make the tough calls and be the final voice when things are out of control and need a decision. They don’t have to be on air every week and hog up the TV time, but can be used sparingly and only when a situation really matters instead. Look at William Regal at NXT and you have a great example of a “General Manager” who isn’t nitpicking every single moment and allows the show to have a good flow, but when there is a need to have someone in to make a tough call, he’s there. That works for me and if RAW and Smackdown were to bring back the idea, using the Regal character as a template, the idea of an Authority Figure would work well and would add to rather than take away from the programming. That being said, Paige did a good job in the role and I wouldn’t have any objections to seeing her back doing it again.

And it looks as if I’m through here for now. My thanks again to Cheese for the questions and my thanks to you for reading. Any thoughts, questions or comments, please drop me a line in the comment section of the site or else at my e-mail of Doug28352@yahoo.com. I want to talk to you! Also, follow me on Twitter at @Doug28352. I’ll follow you back. Anything else? Not really so I’m down and out of here for now. Until the next time, take care of yourself, support your local Indy wrestling and wrestlers and I’ll see you at the matches. Have a great one.

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