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Who should win King & Queen of the Ring? Kickback thoughts and more

Welcome back to another Monday morning Q&A where you can share your thoughts on some of the current events happening this week in professional wrestling.

These are the 5 questions I want to ask you this week. I’ll give my answers too, but the key here is I want to know what YOU think! So make sure you are there!

1) Who do you think should win King of the Ring?

We don’t know the SmackDown format yet, but I don’t think it really matters. While I saw a few names in the running to win the blue brand – namely AJ Styles, Andrade, Carmelo Hayes and LA Knight – I think WWE has already told us who will win this.

Gunther is the obvious choice. And it’s so much more his than anyone else’s that I don’t think it’s even up for debate.

The Ring General becoming the Ring King compensates for his loss in the Intercontinental Championship, but gives him a “title” that does not need to be defended, allowing for more freedom. He can also use that to effectively establish himself as the No. 1 contender at some point in the future, and it would be hard to argue that point.

I thought the finals would go to Gunther vs. Ilja Dragunov, but since they are apparently doing Raw and SmackDown on opposite sides of the bracket, maybe it will be Gunther vs. Knight.

2) Who do you think should win Queen of the Ring?

Again, we currently only know 8 of the contenders. Of those eight, I could think of an argument for each of them, but none particularly appeal to me.

“Queen of Harts” Natalya and “Queen of Spades” Shayna Baszler would satisfy the pun-loving side of me. Zoey Stark can use this as a boost. Iyo Sky is Genius of the Sky, but she could be Queen of the Sky and I would think that would be cool. Empress of Tomorrow Asuka doesn’t sound like a bad option either, considering she’s done everything else.

I’d probably take Ivy Nile and Lyra Valkyria out of the mix because they just didn’t have the momentum on their side, and Zelina Vega has won it before, so there’s no need to go back to that character.

But assuming she’s involved on the SmackDown side, I can’t get the idea of ​​queen Tiffany Stratton as the favorite out of my head.

Even with Chelsea Green being my more preferred option for a comedic character that really sells the Queen gimmick and has fun with it, I’d still lean more towards this being what Stratton brings to her eventual title reign.

3) What are your first impressions of the 2024 WWE Draft? Are there any key positives you’re looking forward to? What are the cons or negatives?

So much remained exactly what it was. That’s very interesting. A lot of people are angry about that, but I feel like it actually shows more positives than negatives. It means that WWE already had ideas in mind for feuds that they don’t want to give up and that their long-term stories are something they want to stick to so that we fans can trust that they won’t give up halfway like Vince McMahon is wont to do.

So all of The Judgment Day stays together, Dominik Mysterio is on the same brand as Liv Morgan, who is still with Becky Lynch, who is still with Seth Rollins, who would have a score to settle with both Drew McIntyre and CM Punk, while Drew maintains issues with Damian Priest from The Judgment Day and we come full circle again. That is evidence of planning and not just planning.

Granted, some trades are clearly just flying. I doubt much thought went into sending Apollo Crews to SmackDown, for example.

Another interesting element was that Odyssey Jones was drafted after a year of inactivity, rather than being let go like Xyon Quinn and Von Wagner. Even if they misspelled his name (as Oddysey Jones), maybe they’ll see something there.

For the most part, I think the draft was uneventful, but it will be a solid roster set in the long run, and that is more important than the initial shock value of drastic trades. And I’m still looking forward to seeing the likes of Blair Davenport on the main roster now too.

I plan to revisit this topic in a few weeks and write a month-long review of “Who Won the 2024 WWE Draft?” in the future after the dust settles. Stay tuned.

4) What were your overall insights from Backlash? Was it a dud of an event, or remarkable enough to satisfy you?

None of it was memorable enough to stand out for the rest of the year, aside from Tanga Loa’s debut and the women’s title changing hands. Even those aren’t exactly the most monumental specific moments in and of themselves. We’re not talking about Hulk Hogan punching Andre the Giant.

But it was fine. For a B-level pay-per-view to come out of such a huge WrestleMania, it would pale in comparison and never have everything in the world crammed into it.

I still wish these events were a little shorter and all the commercials were shortened. It would make for a better viewing experience. But considering the cheap price we get for it, when I compare it to the cost of a movie ticket, it’s still a better deal. I like Backlash, but I hope King & Queen of the Ring is more bombastic.

And I hope I don’t have to hear that repetitive two-beat chant for much longer.

5) What do you think of the most recent NXT releases? Where do you think we’ll see those names next?

It’s sad to see someone lose their job, unless they were the ones asking for release (in which case, good for them). I certainly hope that they all bounce back somehow and find success and happiness soon.

That said, most of them are names that none of us have seen much or anything at all. Someone like Trey Bearhill played in two televised games outside of Level Up? It’s hard to judge anything based on that.

Releasing someone like Boa wasn’t a surprise, after how long he’s been there and how little he’s been used. The writing was on the wall for a Guru Raaj long ago. But I’m surprised they stopped there and didn’t release a few others who were in a similar position.

I’m also surprised they finally cast Gable Steveson. He’s been under contract for so long and just hasn’t fully committed. Was his heart ever really in it? Questionable from an outsider’s perspective. That’s life.

It looks like Drew Gulak is bringing out even more bad things about him that begs the question of why he wasn’t let go sooner. If that’s true, my opinion shifted from “I’m annoyed this guy doesn’t have a job for life at the Performance Center as a trainer” to “I don’t know why anyone would want to work with him.” .”

As for where they’ll go next, most will probably take up another career and/or do some indies. I could see Gulak doing GCW and such. Maybe MLW. Valentina Feroz, maybe in TNA.

Let us know your thoughts on these questions by answering them in the comments!