Posts Tagged ‘Dream Match’

Mandy Rose has been the “NXT” Women’s Champion for 330 days and counting. Partnering up with Gigi Dolin and Jacy Jayne, the trio known as Toxic Attraction established their presence pretty quickly upon their “NXT” arrival. During Rose’s current reign, Dolin and Jayne have held the “NXT” Women’s Tag Team Championships twice, and the faction has been a focal point on the show since the “NXT 2.0” rebrand. 

On the main roster, a new women’s stable emerged recently with Bayley returning from injury alongside Dakota Kai and IYO SKY to form Damage CTRL. Being the only two all-women groups in WWE today, Rose was asked, while on “Out of Character with Ryan Satin,” about interest in a potential six-woman tag match between them down the road. “Bayley’s trio, I think, is super cool,” Rose responded. “I think it would be really awesome to face off … [against Damage] CTRL.”

Damage CTRL has been on “Monday Night Raw” every week since coming onto the scene as a group at SummerSlam. Kai and SKY have since won the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship by defeating Raquel Rodriguez and Aliyah, and Bayley looks to add more gold to the mix when she challenges for the “Raw” Women’s Championship, held by Bianca Belair, at WWE Extreme Rules.

Dolin and Jayne have appeared on the main roster previously, registering two tag team matches together on “Smackdown.” Prior to her current “NXT” run, Rose was full-time on the main roster from 2017 to 2021.

Becky Lynch is making it crystal clear that “The Man” is back. Lynch switched things up with her character after taking time off for her pregnancy. She returned at SummerSlam 2021 and blindsided Bianca Belair in under 30 seconds to become the “SmackDown” Women’s Champion.

Lynch took on a heel persona, but fans continued to cheer for her and clamored for the return of “The Man.” The WWE Universe got its wish after Belair pinned Lynch in the opener at SummerSlam 2022. Bayley, Dakota Kai, and IYO SKY made a surprise appearance and looked to be planning to attack Belair. Lynch got up and was by Belair’s side, causing Bayley’s faction to leave the ring.

Now that Lynch has returned to her most popular persona, many believe she will finally get a one-on-one match with Ronda Rousey at WrestleMania 39. Speaking to Ryan Satin on the “Out of Character” podcast, Lynch responded to the speculation.

“Maybe if she starts training a little bit more,” Lynch said. “Maybe if she gets a little better.”

Lynch went on to say that she enjoys being a babyface again despite not being able to soak it in due to her shoulder injury. She detailed a meeting with Paul “Triple H” Levesque, WWE’s Chief Content Officer, who expressed his belief that Lynch should be back in a babyface role. Lynch was all for it and said she’s happy that Levesque has taken over the reins of creative.

For Lynch, it’s now a matter of her recovery process. For now, she seems confident that she will be able to wrestle on WWE’s biggest show of 2023.

Trish Stratus would love to turn heel in 2022.

Stratus, who returned to screens on Monday’s episode of Raw, told ‘Ring The Belle‘ that it’d be “fun” to heel it up on TV again. Basically, Trish yearns to play the same evil character she did in 2000-2001, and again in 2004.

However, the Hall Of Famer is aware that wrestling fans might not accept “heel Trish” these days – she’s a bonafide company icon, and is credited as one of the earliest leading lights in what eventually became known as the “women’s revolution”. Sure, Stratus was a “WWE Diva”, but she broke down several barriers for women in the promotion during her core run.

Trish remains one of the most respected females to ever lace up some boots, and that would definitely make a heel turn tricky. She’d love to try it on for size though, and thinks a feud opposite Becky Lynch would be just the ticket.

Stratus also teased a match with Bayley on Monday’s flagship. Fans on Twitter already anticipate Trish vs. Bayley on pay-per-view before the year is out.

It could happen, but Stratus would rather go rogue.

If there’s one thing Dr. Britt Baker DMD likes, it’s the idea of big matches. In the past, the former AEW Women’s World Champion has expressed her desire to wrestle top stars like disgruntled (and possibly released) WWE star Sasha Banks and even recently released free agent Saraya, fka Paige. And then there’s the possibility of mixed tag matches with Baker’s long-time significant other, fellow AEW star Adam Cole.

While speaking with TV Insider at San Diego Comic-Con alongside Darby Allin, Orange Cassidy, AEW TBS Champion Jade Cargill, and AEW World Champion CM Punk, Baker revealed one of those dream mixed tag matches, which happened to feature one of the people she was sitting with.

“I would like to have a mixed tag match with myself and Adam Cole, who is my boyfriend, with possibly CM Punk and his beautiful wife,” Baker said, referring to former three-time WWE Divas Champion AJ Lee.

The idea drew out some banter between Punk and Baker, with Punk jokingly asking when Baker and Cole were getting married, as he and Lee “don’t trifle with boyfriend/girlfriend duos.”

“We’re working on it. We’re busy,” Baker said. “I’m a wrestler and a dentist. But wife soon, someday. Not today.”

Marriage vows aside, a potential Baker/Cole vs. Punk/AJ Lee match will have to wait, regardless, as Punk continues to recover from an injured foot. The AEW World Champion was seen with a walking boot throughout SDCC, and while he and AEW owner Tony Khan both said he was healing, there is no timetable as it stands for his return to the ring.

Baker, meanwhile, will at least be able to keep busy. She and partner Jamie Hayter were successful in tag team action this past Friday on “AEW Rampage,” and the duo is expected to be closely watching Thunder Rosa Wednesday night on “AEW Dynamite,” when Rosa defends the AEW Women’s World Championship against Miyu Yamashita.

Back on May 14th, WWE asked social media “Who do you want to see challenge Ronda Rousey?” At the time, Bellator’s Valerie Loureda’s response — “me” — felt like just a fun interaction, but in the wake of Loureda signing with WWE, that one word suddenly has much more serious implications.

In an interview with TMZ, Loureda doubled down on wanting Rousey in a WWE ring, telling the site that Ronda is “the goal” that she has set for herself. Loureda remembered the very first time that she ever watched MMA, when she saw “a beautiful woman fighting in a cage … and I got goosebumps.” That woman: Ronda Rousey.

Loureda said that, upon seeing Rousey in action in the octagon, she turned to her grandmother and said, “If she’s doing that, I can do it too.” This led to the taekwondo black belt — who comes from a family of black belts — to pursue mixed martial arts, a journey that eventually lead her to the Bellator promotion, where she is currently 4-1 and seen as a top prospect. And this month, Loureda will officially follow in Rousey footsteps once again, as she’s set to report to the performance center on July 19th. Loureda reportedly attended WrestleMania 38 and “fell in love” with the spectacle of WWE, saying that she’s an entertainer deep down.

A former ”Raw” Women’s Champion, Rousey lost her “SmackDown” Women’s title this past weekend, when 2022 women’s Money In The Bank winner Liv Morgan cashed-in her briefcase after Rousey’s successful defense against Natalya. While Rousey is likely out for revenge against Morgan, with recent reports suggesting that the two are set to clash again at Summerslam, Loureda’s comments mean that once Loureda has finished her development in the WWE Performance Center, the Miami-based fighter could have her eye on her one-time idol, and any gold she might be carrying.

Kelly Kelly was a staple in the women’s division during her time as an active competitor.

She has also been a staple in the Women’s Royal Rumble since its inception in 2018. In an interview with DropKick Podcast, the former Diva’s Champion talked about how she felt about returning to the Royal Rumble earlier this year for the third time.

“I always love coming back to Rumbles. This was my third one, but it was different because I loved my outfit. It was my favorite of all time. It was cool to be in the ring, not with everybody in there but just Sasha [Banks] and Tamina, and have that moment. I always wanted to work with Sasha so it was really cool to be able to do that.”

Kelly named who she would like to face in her final wrestling match.

“I would say either Sasha or Charlotte Flair for sure.”

Kelly also mentioned a few of her favorite opponents she has ever worked with.

“I have so many. I loved working with Layla, Candice Michelle, Maryse, Beth Pheonix, Michelle McCool, Eve, and the list goes on and on. I’ve been very lucky to work with some amazing women.”

Kelly also touched on how she manages to stay so positive on social media and how she has been able to deal with hate comments.

“I think because I was thrown into it at such a young age when Twitter started to really boom, that’s because I got so much hate in the beginning, I had to learn how to deal with that at such a young age. Now, at my age, I just learned how to get through it. It’s not easy. It takes years to learn how to get through that and how to manage that, and how to tune it out.”

CM Punk apparently is not interested in a battle of the GTS with NJPW star KENTA.

KENTA has expressed interest in a potential match with Punk for years now, and now there’s speculation on AEW and NJPW booking the match at the upcoming AEWxNJPW Forbidden Door pay-per-view on June 26. Punk recently spoke with Connor Casey of ComicBook.com to promote his new role on FX’s Mayans M.C. show, and asked if a match with KENTA interests him at all.

“No,” Punk simply responded.

Punk is set to challenge AEW World Champion “Hangman” Adam Page at the AEW Double Or Nothing pay-per-view on May 29, just nine months into his run with the company. Punk was asked if the run has been what he expected.

“This run has been more than what I expected,” Punk said. “I had expectations. They were pretty high. So far, they’ve pretty much shattered all that, and that’s just based on analytics and numbers of how well we’re doing. I’ve long said that I’m there for the fans in the building. Nowadays everybody is still focused on ratings numbers when cable is absolutely — I canceled DirecTV months ago. I just, I couldn’t do it anymore. It’s too convoluted. It’s too expensive.

“Streaming services are, I feel like, are the future. So when people look at ratings and say that wrestling is dying, I say, ‘Well look at our buildings. We’re selling out and we’re doing our first million-dollar gate.’ So I don’t attribute that just to me. I attribute that to the spirit of AEW and everybody behind the scenes that makes it all work and makes it all click.”

Punk added, “But the run, my run specifically, my stuff as a whole, I’ve never been happier in a wrestling ring. I’ve never, to me, been telling more fluid, better, reality-based stories. It’s been a real treat.”

AEW star Kenny Omega responded to fan comments on Undisputed WWE Universal Champion Roman Reigns earlier today.

The exchange with fans started when Omega noticed he was a trending topic on Twitter, apparently due to fans discussing how Reigns and SmackDown Tag Team Champions The Usos put on a strong performance as they defeated Drew McIntyre and RAW Tag Team Champions RK-Bro in the WrestleMania Backlash main event on Sunday.

“Umm, why am I trending? I’ve done nothing but get sliced up and struggle through rehab all this year. *checks timeline* Oh, I see. We’re still doing that comparing thing every show…,” Omega wrote with a face-plant GIF.

One fan responded to Omega and said he believes Reigns is better than Omega. Another fan responded to that comment, and said Reigns couldn’t last five minutes in the ring with Omega.

Omega responded to the last comment and gave Reigns some praise, adding that a match between the two would surprise a lot of people.

“I’m sure he could. He’s their top guy for a reason and works hard to be that guy. I think the match would surprise a lot of people,” Omega responded.

Omega has been out of in-ring action since dropping the AEW World Title to “Hangman” Adam Page at AEW Full Gear back on November 13. He took time off to deal with several nagging injuries, and was told by AEW President Tony Khan to take as much time as he needed. Omega originally hoped to be back in action by February, but that was before he underwent other surgeries. He reportedly underwent surgery to repair a sports hernia in April some time, which would require another two months of recovery. There was hope that Omega will be back in the ring this spring or early summer.

AEW wrestler Kyle O’Reilly appeared on SiriusXM’s Busted Open Radio just hours after he faced Jungle Boy one-on-one on Dynamite in Pittsburgh, PA.

O’Reilly picked up the win against one-half of the AEW Tag Team Champions, to officially advance to the Owen Hart Foundation Tournament. Looking ahead to the future, the former Ring of Honor Champion revealed a dream match that he would like to have while working for All Elite Wrestling.

“A guy who I’ve wanted to wrestle my entire career is Bryan Danielson,” O’Reilly said. “I broke in, in ’05 and he, at that time, was having this epic run with the ROH Title. He inspired me to want to make it to ROH. He was going over to Japan and making a living there, so that inspired me to want to follow that path.

“He always worked a very similar hybrid style, as you put it, which I totally agree with that definition of it because it’s very much a hybrid style. It’s whatever you want it to be. It’s kicks, it’s strikes, submissions mixed with professional wrestling, which is a style of its own.

“Certainly with Danielson. And now he’s teamed up with Mox, I think it’d be an amazing tag match as well. There are a ton of guys in AEW I’d really love to wrestle. I think it’s a very deep roster, so there’s no shortage of dream matches from where I’m standing.”

Kyle O’Reilly also disclosed the feelings he felt when he joined AEW in December 2021, after leaving WWE just days prior due to the expiration of his contract.

“So many of the guys in AEW, it was kind of like a reunion or a homecoming,” Kyle said. “Guys I want to Japan with, or who I was in Ring of Honor, or in the independents with now run this huge platform together. I never had the luxury of making it to the main roster [in WWE], so I didn’t really get that experience.

“So coming over here, it feels like I’m having that main roster run now, because it’s a major show, it’s huge. I’m traveling to a different city every week. It feels now like, ‘oh,’ it feels like now I’m in the big leagues.”

O’Reilly stated that he will always look back fondly on his time with Vince McMahon’s company, and noted that his tenure made him a better performer.

“I look at it so fondly,” Kyle O’Reilly said. “I truly believe that I am ten times the performer now than I was before getting signed to WWE. I am way more polished, I have way more confidence, with a microphone.

“I know my role better, I know how to work a main event match, I know how to work tag matches better, I have better psychology now, I feel. I wouldn’t change anything about this journey to where I’m at now.”

WWE’s Liv Morgan has never participated in a steel cage match. But she’s hoping to change that one day.

“That’s my dream,” Morgan told Mark Andrews on My Love Letter To Wrestling. “I love extreme stuff.”

Liv Morgan may not have a cage match on her WWE resume yet. But she has participated in three Elimination Chamber matches. She appeared in Chamber matches at the titular pay-per-view last month, in 2020, and in 2019.

Liv Morgan recalled another memorable match from her career. She was part of a ten-women tag team match involving WWE Hall of Famers Lita and Trish Stratus on an episode of RAW in October 2018. Morgan, Ruby Riott, Sarah Logan, Alicia Fox, and Mickie James lost to the team of Bayley, Lita, Natalya, Sasha Banks, and Trish Stratus. Morgan remembers interacting with Lita during that match.

“I’ve actually wrestled her, which is insane,” Morgan recalled. “She gave me a shoot DDT. She really did, I was like, ‘Okay’. I took her moonsault. Surreal. I don’t think about that moment enough. It was really, it was really crazy.”

Liv Morgan has had other memorable moments in WWE. And she recently picked another match from RAW as the favorite of her career.

Liv Morgan is currently preparing for a match at WrestleMania 38. Morgan and Rhea Ripley are currently scheduled to participate in a 3-way match for the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship. The current titleholders Queen Zelina and Carmella; and Sasha Banks and Naomi are also in the match.

Liv Morgan was also involved in the WWE Women’s Tag Team Title match at last year’s WrestleMania. Her only one-on-one match at a WrestleMania happened in 2020. Morgan defeated Natalya in a match that was broadcast during the kickoff show.