Paul ” The Nitro” Skivers
It is time once again to get that cup of coffee and embrace the week of Pro Wrestling with Sunday Mornings with the Nitro. Let us get started!
I will begin with a concept that was used in the now-defunct Wrestler magazine and their column “Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down”. As we know, Wrestlemania is now history and it is time to give some analysis on this event and the week after the event.
Thumbs Up: Binaca Belair- Bianca made history by being part of the main event of Night 1 of Wrestlemania and winning the Smackdown Womens Title and she is looking to be a fighting champion. On a recent edition of talking smack on WWE Network on Peacock, Bianca said that she is willing to defend the title against anyone that wants the shot. Their will be plenty of challengers for the title including the former champion Sasha Banks, Bayley, Shayna Bazler and Nia Jax amongst the contenders. Good luck Bianca with your reign as Champion.
Thumbs Down: Roman Reigns- After a big win at Wrestlemania Night 2 in the triple threat match, he refused to give Cesaro a non-title match. This proves that Roman is going to selective in choosing his opponents and that his ego as the Tribal Chief and Head of the Table is way out of control. A champion takes on all challenges no matter where it comes from, but Roman wants to live in his tribal chief world and is tarnishing the Universal Title with his actions.
Thumbs Up: Darby Allen- The current TNT Champion is becoming a main event type of wrestler with his defenses of his title. For instance, he beat Matt Hardy on Dynamite this week in a falls count anywhere match and will be defending it next week against Jungle Boy. If he continues at this pace, he will definitely be considered a contender for the AEW World Title.
Thumbs Down: The Elite- Besides Kenny Omega thinking he is a wrestling god and his inflated ego, the Young Bucks decide that it is time to inflate their egos and need the help of Don Callis to help win their matches and then betray Jon Moxley in the six man tag two weeks ago. The Elite need to know that they have a huge target on their backs and karma is coming down heavy on them.
Thumbs Up: Rhea Ripley- A big win at Wrestlemania Night 1 in beating Asuka for the Raw Womens Title was a huge boost in her debut on Raw. Now, it seems that she will be feuding with Charlotte Flair after Charlotte interfered in the rematch on Raw the next night. This will be a feud that will step Rhea up into main event status on Raw and do not forget that Asuka will want another rematch for the title. If Rhea can survive this threat, she will be the top star in the Raw Womens Division.
Thumbs Down: Sami Zayn- If the loss at Wrestlemania and the beatdown on Friday from Kevin Owens does not straighten him out from this “conspiracy”, then nothing will. Sami needs to really reevaluate his career in WWE at this point and decide to make the neccesary changes that he needs to move in the right direction.
On a final note, I saw the released wrestlers from the WWE this past Thursday and I feel that for three particular wrestlers, it is time to start fresh in AEW. Samoa Joe and the Iconics- Billie Kay and Peyton Royce, needed a change of scenery after being demoted down the card or going on commentary in the last year in the WWE. For Samoa Joe, if he can get medically cleared from his injury, he can have one last good run in AEW and give Kenny Omega a run for his money for the AEW World Title. As for the Iconics, I can see them joining up with Dr. Britt Baker DMD and Rebel in a faction that will be exciting and they can an immediate impact in the womens division. I wish all the released wrestlers the best of luck in their future plans.
That is it for this week’s column. Until next Sunday Morning, have a great week. If you like to leave any comments or questions, leave them at the bottom of this column in the comment section or go to twitter at @paulskivers and mention Sunday Mornings with the Nitro.