Sunday Mornings with the Nitro- 4/18/2021

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.

Sunday Mornings with the Nitro: 4/11/2021

Paul” The Nitro” Skivers

Good morning and welcome to Sunday Mornings with the Nitro. This weekly column will deliver my no holds barred opinion on the major news items of Pro Wrestling. So, get that fresh cup of coffee and get ready. If you like to leave a question or comment, do so on the comments section below this column or at my twitter account (@paulskivers) So, let us begin!

Wrestlemania Night 1 was last night and it was historic to say the least. A rain delay forcing the first match to take place at 8:30 was something unexpected. Imagine if you were there at the event and you had to wait until the rain stopped. I hope that the WWE will look at the weather forecast next time before doing an outdoor Wrestlemania in the near future.

Bobby Lashley has become a bonafide superstar after beating Drew McIntyre at Wrestlemania Night 1. Drew gave it his best effort, but a lack of focus for one second cost him the win and Bobby showed maturity ad experience by taking advantage of it. The hurt lock has become the most feared hold in pro wrestling and opponents will fear and respect the move even more from here on in. Also, MVP became a premiere manager last night with his strategy and key moment of distraction without even getting on the apron. This is a sign of a true master of his craft in action as MVP will continue on in his role as the manager of the all mighty era. As far as Drew goes, where he goes from here is in the air right now. I am sure that he will get his rematches for the title, but it will be interesting to see what he does with the loss.

Congrats to Bianca Belair on winning the Smackdown Womens Title from Sasha Banks last night as their match is a definite match of the year candidate. Also, give it up for Sasha as she delivered big time in defending the title as the heel in the match. Sasha can now be in the talks of hall of fame status after last night. As for Bianca, she will usher in a new exciting era of her reign as champion with her unique look and tremendous athletic ability. Both women have my respect.

I will admit that I am wrong about Bad Bunny after his effort last night in the tag match against Miz and Morrison and made every one look great. It was apparent that Bunny put in the hard work and effort to put in a good match and should be proud of his effort. As far as his future goes, it is up to him if he wants to continue this pursuit or go back to music. By the way, Damian Priest did himself no favors by being less involved in the match. He looked more like a cheerleader than a participant for most of the match and put in the effort in the end. Hopefully, Damian learns from this match and improves for his sake. Finally, the Miz and Morrison did a solid job as heels in the match.

In closing on this topic, Wrestlemania Night 1 was a solid effort by everyone. By the way, the Riott Squad did a good job in the gauntlet match even though they lost in the end to Tamina and Natalya. They also deserve to be considered to be MVP’s for the event as well. In the end, Night 2 will have to do a lot to top Night 1 and it will be interesting to see what will happen tonight.

Finally, what happen to AEW during Wrestlemania week and why did they miss the boat in not taking advantage of getting more attention during Wrestlemania week. Their non-televised house show on Friday did nothing to draw any interest and bringing in Mike Tyson on Dynamite this past Wednesday did not hit the mark with fans. This is a costly mistake that AEW will have to live with for the remainder of 2021 and even until next year’s Wrestlemania.

That is it for this week’s Sunday Mornings with the Nitro. Have a great week and I will see you next Sunday Morning.

The Real Road to Wrestlemania- Day 30: The last stop in the road- Day 2 Observations

Paul” The Nitro” Skivers

It is the end of this journey of the Real Road to Wrestemania as we now look at Day 2 of Wrestlemania with observations and predictions:

Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn: This is a perfect example of a recycled idea done to death. What is the purpose this time? a conspiracy movie gone wrong by a drifting mid-carder in Sami Zayn against Kevin Owens who is on the way down after his series with Roman Reigns. Who would benefit form this match? I have no clue.

Prediction: Kevin Owens beat Sami Zayn

WWE Intercontinetal Title: Big E vs. Apollo Crews- Apollo’s new attitude as a Nigerian king is refreshing and is a positive step in his career and it brought out a new side in Big E. Big E is now determined to destroy his former friend, but it may cost him the IC Title.

Prediction: Apollo Crews beat Big E to win the Intercontinental Title

United States Title: Riddle vs. Sheamus- Riddle is becoming a joke on Raw and he is not helping the integrity of the US Title with his laid back surfer dude persona. Sheamus will knock some sense in him and get a push as the US champion.

Prediction: Sheamus beat Riddle to win the US Title

Steel Cage Match: Brawn Strowman vs. Shane McMahon- This has to be punishment to Brawn for something that he may have done or not have done. Shane is not the same wrestler than he was 10 years ago and it is a waste of a cage match.

Prediction: Brawn Strowman beat Shane McMahon

Raw Womens Title: Asuka vs. Rhea Ripley- This could be the sleeper match of Wrestlemania. An intriguing battle between the strength and aggressive nature of Rhea Ripley and the submission striking style of Asuka. This will be a good match that is too close to call.

Prediction: Asuka beat Rhea Ripley

The Fiend vs. Randy Orton- I will pass on this match

Prediction: No prediction

Main Event: Triple Threat Match for Universal Title- Roman Reigns vs. Edge vs. Daniel Bryan- The wild card is how will Bryan interject himself in the match. His skills will come in handy in this encounter. Edge will be determined as ever to win the Universal Title and is hungry to be in the final spotlight at the end of the night. Meanwhile, Roman wants to prove that he is the head of the table and is the tribal chief. This will be Roman’s crowning moment in his career if he gets the win.

Prediction: Edge beat Daniel Bryan to win the Universal Title.

The journey down the real road to Wrestlemania is over. I wish all the competitors the best of luck at Wrestlemania and in conclusion the curiosity as to the crowd size will be the hot topic entering the event. I hope that their is a decent crowd for the event for the sake of Pro Wrestling.

The Real Road to Wrestlemania- Day 29: Impressions of Night 1 of Wrestlemania!

Paul “The Nitro” Skivers

As we near the end of the Real Road to Wrestlemania, it is time to make some observations and predictions for Wrestlemania. Let us start at Night 1:

Seth Rollins vs. Cesaro: This match will be an opportunity for Cesaro to move to the next level against a former WWE Champion in Rollins. Seth will definitely bring out the best in Cesaro and it will also benefit Seth as he will get more attention since his return on Smackdown.

Prediction: Cesaro beat Seth Rollins

Bad Bunny vs. The Miz: No comment

Prediction: Who cares? Bad Bunny is not a wrestler.

Raw Tag Team Titles: New Day vs. AJ Styles/Omos- The key is how Omos wrestles and how he is presented in his first match. If done correctly, he could be the next version of the Big Show. His teaming with Styles is beneficial as Omos will learn from Styles. However, the New Day are on a roll after regaining the Raw tag titles and would not make sense for them to lose it to a makeshift team.

Prediction: New Day beat AJ Styles/Omos

WWE World title Match: Bobby Lashley vs. Drew McIntyre- This will be a solid co main event as both men are at the top of their game. Lashley looks to be an unstoppable champion, while Drew is hungry to regain the title and gain revenge. It should be a solid match of the year candidate.

Prediction: Bobby Lashley beat Drew McIntyre

Main Event of Night 1- WWE Smackdown Womens Title Match: Sasha Banks vs. Bianca Belair: This will be your main event of Night 1 and it is a case of the experienced veteran in Sasha and the red hot rookie Bianca. Sasha can make any woman in the ring with her look good, but I think that Bianca is going to surprise everyone with her effort against the champ and I am smelling a major upset.

Prediction: Bianca Belair beat Sasha Banks to become new champion.

Next : The Real Road to Wrestlemania- Day 30: The last stop in the Road as I make observations of Night 2.

The Real Road to Wrestlemania- Day 28: If given the choice of your match being on Night 1 or Night 2, which would you choose?

Paul” The Nitro” Skivers

Let us pretend that you were involved in a much anticipated match at Wrestlemania and given the choice as to whether you want the match at Night 1 or Night 2, which would you choose? You might be thinking Night 1, because you would want to be the one to kick off the show and set the tempo for the overall event. You might feel that the fans would be ready for your match on Night 1 with anticipation and excitement and you would be justified with that answer. However, I believe that it would be more beneficial and have a greater impact if the match was on Night 2. Here is why:

  1. The participants would have analyzed what worked and did not work in each match as far as the fans were concerned. You can pick up mistakes that were made and avoid them throughout the match.
  2. The pressure would be lessen by being on Night 2, because the participants would not have to worry about making that first impression right off the bat and thus make a better impact.
  3. For those that usually main event, those would be the lasting memories that fans take away from you match and the event itself. If your match is good, then it would be more likely that the fans would remember it better in Night 2 than in Night 1.

In conclusion, having the match on Night 2 would be better as you can close out the show in great fashion that will leave an indelible mark on everyone for years to come.

Next: The Real Road to Wrestlemania- Day 29: Impressions of Night 1 of Wrestlemania!

The Real Road to Wrestlemania- Day 27: Has Daniel Bryan’s injection in the Smackdown main event caused Edge to turn heel?!

Paul ” The Nitro” Skivers

Daniel Bryan’s personal stance in getting a rematch for the WWE Universal Title has apparently worked as now he is in a triple threat match against Edge and Roman Reigns. Originally, it was supposed to be Edge vs. Roman Reigns for the Universal Title before the interjection of Bryan. With that in mind, this brings up an interesting situation based on Daniel’s actions in the form of a possible heel turn for Edge.

Anyone can tell that this might happen based on Edge’s actions over the past several weeks. From the moment Daniel announced that he wanted to be in the main event at Wrestlemania and subsequent title match against Reigns at Fastlane, Edge is feeling disrespected. I mean Edge won the Royal Rumble and earn his right to main event at Wrestlemania for the title. As the notion of the triple threat match came closer to realization, Edge felt the disrespect of an “intruding” Bryan who Edge feels does not deserve to main event Wrestlemania.

Edge even went so far as to have a face to face discussion with Roman on last week’s show telling him to use his “stroke” to prevent the match from happening. Roman was a little caught off guard. Why would Edge ask Roman for this request when Edge will be facing Roman for the title? It is because Edge wants the spotlight to himself and rightly so. He earned the victory in the Rumble, so why not.

None the less, it will be a triple threat match for the Universal Title at Wrestlemania and if Edge does not win the title, then he will turn heel. Why would he do that? He has a legit reason for it in the fact that Daniel Bryan was “intruding “Edge’s spotlight and chances of being the Universal Champion. Maybe Daniel’s last grasp at being in the main event of Wrestlemania one more time may cost him big in the form of a vindictive heel version of Edge and Daniel has no one to blame for this but himself.

Next: The Real Road to Wrestlemania- Day 28: If given the choice of your match being on Night 1 or Night 2, what would be the choice?

The Real Road to Wrestlemania- Day 26: What can AEW do to counter Wrestlemania in order to have success?!

Paul ” The Nitro” Skivers

With Wrestlemania in two weeks on Peacock, AEW is looking to piggy back on Wrestlemania to have a successful weekend and compete with the WWE. Even though their is no chance that AEW will do anything to bear Wrestlemania, here are a few suggestions for them to have a succesful weekend.

  1. Turn the non-televised event on the Friday before Wrestlemania into a clash of Champions type of event live on TNT- I am sure that TNT would love to have something besides movie reruns to counter Wrestlemania. Therefore, the non-televised event should be a special presentation featuring some huge matches, like a double cage match with Omega- Moxley in one match and Baker-Rosa in the other. Maybe a 10 man tag match with the Pinnacle vs. the Inner Circle.
  2. Have some AEW stars on other television programming- Let us have Moxley on an episode of Snowpiercer or have Dr. Britt Baker hosting the showing of Oceans 8 with her own commentary. This will provide some mainstream exposure of your top AEW stars.
  3. Promote the heck out of the special-Have some AEW stars doing the morning show circuit like Live with Ryan and Kelly, Kelly Osbourne show, etc. The AEW stars would be relatable with the general public and learn more about the stars and AEW.

With these suggestions during Wrestlemania week, AEW will have the opportunity to gain more viewers from the WWE , as well as the non-wrestling fan. Hopefully, they can take advantage of this golden opportunity.

Next: The Real Road to Wrestlemania- Day 27: Has Daniel Bryan’s injection in the Smackdown main event caused Edge to turn heel?

The Real Road to Wrestlemania- Day 25: Peacock is feeling the heat! Was it a major mistake for the WWE to sell their network in the first place?!

Paul” The Nitro ” Skivers

One of the big business stories thus far in 2021 is the WWE selling its network to NBC’s new streaming service: Peacock. Thus far, Peacock has already broadcast WWE Fastlane and will broadcast both days of Wrestlemania and all the major events during the week. However, their have been some major concerns involving accessibility of the event and basic technical features on the streaming that have me start to question as to whether the WWE should have sold their network to Peacock.

The first major problem is accessibility of events. A prime example would be subscribers not getting the event because their billing cycle did not start until after the event(WWE Fastlane) and that left fans very angry towards Peacock. If they decided to join Peacock on the day of the event, then they cannot have access to the event until the billing cycle begin(usually, it begins around the middle of the month).

Another problem is the lack of basic technical features in the streaming device itself, like their is no pause, rewind or fast forward function on the device itself. That is an absolutely wrong thing to do, since someone needed to take a bathroom break and need to pause the broadcast. You could do that on the Network, so I do not understand why NBC dropped the ball on these basic functions.

Based on these two major problems, I feel that the WWE should have not sold the network to Peacock until their streaming service is fully ready to go. Now I wonder if the WWE is having buyers remorse at this moment?!

Next: The Real Road to Wrestlemania- Day 26: What can AEW do to counter Wrestlemania in order to have success?

The Real Road to Wrestlemania- Day 24: Will Don Callis be the reason for the failure of Kenny Omega if Kenny loses the AEW World Title?

Paul ” The Nitro” Skivers

The dynamic between AEW World Champion Kenny Omega and his buddy Don Callis is solid. Callis, who knows the politics of pro wrestling and Kenny, who is one of the hottest wrestlers in the world right now as AEW World Champ, is becoming successful and dangerous at the same time. However, all good things come to an end and Kenny will eventually lose the AEW World Title. So, this begs to ask based on the past several weeks, if Kenny does lose the title, will Don Callis be the reason?! Well, that is partially correct as I will explain.

I notice that every time Kenny is in trouble, Don either splits for the locker room or fake any interest to help out. But, when it comes to the good times, Don is always there with a smile on his face soaking in the credit. It can be determined that Don is a man not to be trusted and will leave the scene when it is not beneficial to him.

However, Kenny can also be blamed for his own impending failure due to his inflated ego. He has fallen into the classic trap of the title making him instead of him making the title meaning being the champion has caused a change in the personality of the wrestler in the form of being conceited. It will be interested to see how Kenny will deal with the deflation of his ego and if he can handle it.

In the end, it would be both Kenny and Don’s fault if Kenny loses the AEW World Title. As far as their friendship goes, we will see how much of a sham it was from the start if one of the parties cannot benefit from the other for his own gain.

Next: The Real Road to Wrestlemania- Day 25: Peacock is feeling the heat! Was it a major mistake for the WWE to sell their network in the first place?!

The Real Road to Wrestlemania- Day 23: With Andrade gone from WWE, will Charlotte Flair follow him in leaving WWE?!

Paul ” The Nitro” Skivers

This past week saw Andrade being released from the WWE and it looks like Andrade may be headed to AEW. This is a big acquisition for AEW if it happens with his international reputation as a solid wrestler with a lucha libre background. With that in mind, where does that leave his girlfriend, Charlotte Flair? I believe that it is time for Charlotte to follow Andrade’s lead and ask for her release after her Walking Tall remake movie is done.

Charlotte has done all that she can in her career in the WWE and unfortunately she is being mired in limbo with possibly challenging Asuka for the Raw Womens Championship before she contracted Covid( hope for a speedy recovery for Charlotte). Even if she did not contract Covid, she would have been an afterthought for Wrestlemania. I believe that a fresh start would be beneficial for the Queen.

As a matter of fact, I want to make a bold prediction that Charlotte will get her release form the WWE in July and debut with AEW on labor day week(Sept. 8th) to the delight of the fans. I can imagine that her first rivalry would be with Thunder Rosa, which would be tremendous.

In conclusion, Charlotte should follow the lead of Andrade and leave WWE for AEW. It would be a fresh start for both of them and in return they will be productive and exciting stars for AEW.

Next: The Real Road to Wrestlemania- Day 24: Will Don Callis be the reason for the failure of Kenny Omega if Kenny loses the AEW Title?

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