Alexa Bliss as No. 1 contender to Raw women title is a good thing

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It didn’t take long for former Smackdown women’s champion Alexa Bliss to assert herself as one of Raw’s top women.

Bliss won a Fatal Fourway match against Sasha Banks, Mickie James and Nia Jax to become the No. 1 contender for the Raw women’s championship, currently held by Bayley. The two will clash on April 30 at Payback.

Bliss made her Raw debut last week as a part of the “Superstar Shakeup” to a star’s welcome. It wasn’t a surprise since there were reports that Bliss would be switching brands with Charlotte Flair. This is a great opportunity for the former Smackdown women’s champion to compete on another – and in some people’s opinion a bigger – stage.

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Charlotte Flair coming to Smackdown Live adds new chapter to her legacy


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WWE had their “Superstar Shakeup” this week with Monday Night Raw getting a plethora of Smackdown Live talent, including Intercontinental champion Dean Ambrose, former women’s champion Alexa Bliss and Mickie James.

However I think the blue brand came away with the biggest acquisition in the form of former four-time Raw women’s champion and “The Queen” Charlotte Flair.

Flair has been the foundation of WWE’s women’s division for the last two years after the company’s women’s resolution. She won the Divas champion and being the last wrestlers to hold that title before WWE changed the belt to the women’s championship.

Since then, Flair had held what became the Raw women’s championship four times and has had classic matches with Sasha Banks and Bayley – rivals and friends from her development days. Together, along with Smackdown’s Becky Lynch, they made up the “Four Horsewomen of NXT.”

During Charlotte’s last appearance on Raw, she was in a six-woman tag team match where Nia Jax dropped her on her head. According to reports, Flair was fine backstage.

Some folks may not like Flair going to Smackdown because she had some unfinished business on Raw with Jax and her former protegee Dana Brooke. However, being on Smackdown Live gives The Queen an opportunity to shine on a new stage.

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The Kliq’s dream matches with current WWE superstars

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On a recent episode of Sean Waltman’s “X-Pac 12360” podcast, the WWE legend recaps the “One Night Only with The Kliq” Q&A session he had with his fellow Kliq members Shawn Michaels, Kevin Nash and Scott Hall.

One of the questions was which current WWE superstar each Kliq member would face in the ring and I found some of those answers intriguing. The transcription of these answers were provided by Wrestlezone.

Here are the answers:

* X-Pac: “I’m a big fan of Shinsuke Nakamura. Maybe back in my prime. I wouldn’t want to get anywhere near a ring he was in now…” and “…the guy my mouth would be watering over would be Braun Strowman.”
* Kevin Nash: “I’d like to do the David and Goliath with Finn Balor.”
* Scott Hall: “In my prime, I’d like to square up with Kevin Owens.”
* Shawn Michaels: “Everybody’s heard mine, there’s a list of guys, AJ (Styles), Seth (Rollins), Kevin (Owens). To me, it’s all these new faces that is the whole joy of the stuff… I could do new and innovative stuff with each and every one of them.”

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Katya Kavaleva could do well in WWE

Note: This is a column I wrote for Creators

WWE’s Performance Center has had a plethora of experienced professional wrestlers and athletes come through its doors, but I don’t know if there has been anyone quite like Katya Kavaleva.

WWE recently released a video of Kavaleva’s tryout at the Performance Center back in March. In the video, Kavaleva gives some of her martial arts background, as well as showcases some of her workouts.

This was Kavaleva’s second tryouts, she had been to the WWE Performance Center back in February.

I’m going to come clean and say that I didn’t really know of Kavaleva outside of her training with the Blackzilians – becoming the first woman to do so – and her calling out Gabi Garcia. After viewing some of her training footage at her WWE tryout, as well as videos of her sparring and competing in Taekwondo, the fantasy booker in me thinks she’d do well in WWE and the company should sign her to a developmental deal – if they haven’t already.

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