Let’s Give Maria and Mike Kanellis a Chance

Tonight at Money in the Bank, the WWE Universe saw the debut of a new superstar and the return of a familiar face.

“The First Lady of Professional Wrestling” Maria Kanellis made her WWE return – now as a member of the Smackdown brand – and she brought with her, her real-life husband Mike Bennett – or as he is now known, Mike Kanellis. I think JBL said what many of us were thinking “he took her name.”

There were reports that Mike and Maria were in St. Louis and would possibly make their Smackdown debut at the event. After they made their debut, some fans didn’t know what to make of the segment. From their promo, it looks like the couple are going to teach the WWE Universe about love – and by the tone of Maria’s voice, they’re going to be heels.

Although the segment left me with some questions, I liked the confidence in Maria’s voice. She’s no longer the bubbly backstage announcer or Santino’s girlfriend who later shared a kiss with Snoop Dogg. She’s now all business.

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Money In The Bank Win Raises Carmella’s Stock

Note: This is a column I wrote for Creators.

I wasn’t a huge fan of Carmella and James Ellsworth being paired together on “Smackdown Live,” when it first happened in January.

Don’t get me wrong, I’ve been a fan Carmella’s ever since I saw her in NXT. When she was drafted to Smackdown Live, I thought it was a bit too soon but she’s grown as a performer in the last year. Putting her with Ellsworth didn’t make sense to me for awhile. I thought she had a good run with Nikki Bella and was coming along on her own that she didn’t really need a heater. But since they’ve been together, she’s had some big moments on the blue brand, including mixing it up with John Cena and Bella and pinning women’s champion Naomi twice.

Then I watched tonight’s Money in the Bank pay per view where Carmella won the women’s Money in the Bank ladder match – a first in WWE history – after Ellsworth climbed the ladder, grabbed the briefcase and unceremoniously dropped it in her hands.

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Jinder Mahal Should be the Next WWE Champion

Note: This is a column I wrote for Champions

Since he’s came from Raw to Smackdown Live, #WWE superstar Jinder Mahal has made the most of the opportunities given to him.

On the April 18 episode of #SmackdownLive, Mahal won a six-pack challenge – after interference from the Singh Brothers (a.k.a. The Bollywood Boyz), which began the formation of a new stable – for the No. 1 contendership for the WWE title

Mahal will face Randy Orton at #Backlash, May 21. Before he meets Mahal, Orton will clash with Bray Wyatt in a House of Horrors match at #Payback this Sunday.

After he won the six-pack challenge, Mahal asserted his status and called out the fans in a good heel post-match promo.

Mahal garnered some real life heat from fans after he won the six-pack challenge. Some folks tired of the anti-American gimmick – which has been a staple in professional wrestling for decades. However, Mahal animosity on the crowd focuses more on people’s intolerance of foreign wrestlers rather than the classic “(insert country) is better than the United States” tagline.

Others felt wrestlers like United States champion Kevin Owens, former world title holder A.J. Styles and recent Smackdown signee Shinsuke Nakamura deserve to face Orton. There’s also speculation that WWE’s expansion into India is playing a part in Mahal’s ascension up the ranks. Mahal, real name Yuvraj Singh “Raj” Dhesi, is of Punjabi Sikh origin and from Calgary, Alberta Canada.

I think WWE made a good move in pushing Mahal to the main event scene, and putting him in a stable with the Singh Brothers. Most fans think he’ll take a loss to Orton when they have clash at Backlash and move on to the U.S. title. Personally, I’d like to see Mahal as WWE champion, even if it’s only for a cup of coffee.

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FUN Wrestling Episode 17: Omega arrives

The aftermath of the superstar mixup between Friendo Unified Network and World Golden Powers Wrestling continues as Lenny Omega – formely of WGPW – makes his debut in the FUN ring. He takes on Merica Machine and Captain Horsemask in a triple threat match to determine the No. 1 contender for the Larson Libre championship.

Also World’s Best champion Butch Bacon is in action.

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

Note: This is a story I wrote for Champions.co

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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