Thursday, March 2, 2023

Harold Williams’ Weekly Wrestling: [WWE] 3/1/23

Hello WWE fans, today we will look at the results of recent WWE shows, Finn Balor challenging Edge to a match at WrestleMania, Carmella vs. Bianca Belair, and Damage CTRL losing the WWE Women's Tag Team Championship.

WWE Friday Night SmackDown
Imperium (Giovanni Vinci, Gunther, and Ludwig Kaiser) defeated Braun Strowman, Madcap Moss, and Ricochet
Kofi Kingston (w/ Xavier Woods) defeated LA Knight
Shayna Baszler (w/ Ronda Rousey) defeated Natalya (w/ Tegan Nox)
Karrion Kross (w/ Scarlett) defeated Rey Mysterio

WWE Monday Night RAW
The Bloodline defeated The Street Profits
Cody Rhodes defeated Chad Gable
Asuka defeated Carmella
Candice LeRae defeated Piper Niven
Bobby Lashley defeated Elias
Johnny Gargano defeated Otis
Becky Lynch & Lita defeated WWE Women's Tag Team Champions IYO SKY & Dakota Kai to become the new WWE Women's Tag Team Champions

Also on this episode, Finn Balor challenged Edge to a match at WrestleMania. I assume this match is going to happen, and I look forward to it. Balor was left off the card of last year's WrestleMania, and that should never happen to someone with his level of talent. Overall, I'm very pleased with the current WWE administration, and the way that Balor is being utilized these days is a perfect example why.

After the match between Asuka and Carmella, there was an in-ring segment between Asuka and Bianca Belair, and Belair was sneak attacked by Carmella. We're on the road to WrestleMania, where Belair is going to defend the WWE RAW Women's Championship against Asuka, so Carmella involving herself in that segment makes me wonder if the championship match is going to become something like a, "Triple Threat" match between the three of them. I think most fans would prefer to see Asuka vs. Belair one-on-one, so hopefully that won't be the case. But there will have to be new feuds post-WrestleMania, so an option would be to have Carmella interfere in the Asuka-Belair match, with Carmella's interference contributing to Belair losing the championship. That would give a reason for a Belair-Carmella feud. They have had singles matches against each other in the past, but the majority of them were very short- only three of them were at least eight minutes long.

Becky Lynch is the top female name on the RAW roster, so it made sense for her and Lita to defeat IYO SKY & Dakota Kai for the WWE Women's Tag Team Championship, but it creates a problem. The members of Damage CTRL are the main heels on the RAW roster, and without gold around the waists of any of the members of the faction, they are going to appear to be less of a threat. So unless there is a plan to disband Damage CTRL in the near future, one of them should win a title soon. SKY & Kai dropped the championship to Asuka & Alexa Bliss last year and regained it five days later, so hopefully something similar will happen in this situation.

WWE NXT North American Champion Wes Lee defeated Nathan Frazer
Indus Sher defeated Briggs & Jensen
Meiko Satomura defeated Zoey Stark
Sol Ruca defeated Elektra Lopez
Tiffany Stratton defeated Katana Chance
Axiom defeated Hank Walker
Carmelo Hayes defeated Tyler Bate

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