Much to the dismay of many fans, Kevin Owens tapped out to John Cena at WWE Battleground. As this result was digested by the WWE Universe, Dave Meltzer reportedly brought to light the following nugget on Wrestling Observer Radio: Kevin Owens has his haters within WWE management.
During THAT PULL APART BRAWL between The Undertaker and Brock Lesnar, Meltzer also noted that Kevin Owens was out there — along with Rusev, Sheamus and Cesaro — as a way for his detractors at Titan Towers to let KO know that he is nothing but a mid carder at this stage. For those of you who are keeping score, Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose, Bray Wyatt, John Cena and Seth Rollins were not sent out to break up the Taker-Lesnar fight.
CB’s Slant: So it looks as though some people are trying to say that the real fight for Kevin Owens will be backstage and not on WWE TV. I say that this kind of thinking is nothing new when it comes to WWE’s backwards way of doing things, so this doesn’t shock me in the least. However, if Owens keeps being as stellar as he is in all facets of his game AND his merch sales continue to remain strong, then he will not be held down for long.
Also, he WAS in the main event to close Raw last night, so there’s that.
On Sunday, I decided to flip on WWE Network way before the Battleground Pre-Show to see what was on. I was treated to several episodes of WWE List — a typical Top 5 this or that kind of show — but the real gem of Sunday afternoon’s offerings was the WWE Network marathon of Swerved. Swerved is WWE’s version of Punk’d, where the wrestlers basically do what they’ve done behind the scenes since the beginning of time: Prank each other. This is the first time we as fans get to see some of the different ribs first hand, and the show was hilarious and surprisingly charming. It’s always fun to see WWE talent outside the ring acting as themselves, and Swerved was a fun glimpse into the more lighthearted said of these men and women.
The two highlights for me were the back and forth between Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods at WWE TV, and Fandango taking The Ascension and Heath Slater out to lunch where the “brother and sister” owners made out with each other and made Slater extremely uncomfortable.
Why The Miz will be a WWE Lifer … and I’m OK with That
Regardless of how you feel about The Miz, he does have a strong personality on his side. And, well, the ONLY reason I am even still watching the godawful new season of Tough Enough is because my Tuesday nights are not complete without watching The Miz, Daniel Bryan, Hulk Hogan and Paige absolutely SKEWER the contestants on the WWE Network post-show called Tough Talk. The best part about Tough Talk is that it is completely unscripted, which showcases The Miz at his very best. Yes, I said that and I mean it. The Miz on Tough Talk is funny, snarky, and flat-out entertaining. He is the perfect host for this kind of thing, and he just nails it every single week.
There is a good chance that The Miz will be part of the WWE forever, whether it’s behind the scenes, doing shows like Tough Talk, or even working as a road agent. I honestly have no problem with that, especially considering how — wait for it — AWESOME — he has shown to be on Tough Talk, which has no business being as — wait for it again — MUST-SEE — as it is.
What do YOU think of my thoughts out Kevin Owens, Swerved and The Miz? Sound off in the comments section below!
That’s all from me — CB.
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