Can Becky Lynch Bring Conor McGregor To WrestleMania? (WWE Report)

Becky Lynch Conor McGregor
Becky Lynch Conor McGregor

WWE Main Roster Territory Report (November  25th, 2018)

  1. News
  2. Results
  3. Upcoming Matches and Shows
  4. Championship Landscape
  5. Rankings

1. News and Overview

Becky Lynch & Conor McGregor

Even though Becky Lynch didn’t even appear on a WWE event this week, she is still the most buzz-generating Superstar on the roster. This week Lynch had a back and forth on Twitter with former 2-division UFC Champion, Conor McGregor.

Lynch responded to an article which said she was channeling her “inner Conor McGregor”.

Lynch has spoken publicly about Conor and WWE being a good fit in the past.

“He would absolutely be a success. He is WWE,” Lynch told Newshub in 2016. “A lot of his influence, a lot of his popularity and success is from taking elements of pro-wrestling and putting them into his UFC character and persona you see.”

The comment about New York being nice in the spring is likely a reference to WrestleMania. Was Lynch saying she might want to have Conor McGregor in her corner at the event? Time will tell. Conor doesn’t come cheap, though.

Brock Lesnar Defeats Daniel Bryan At Survivor Series

For the second Survivor Series in a row, Brock Lesnar won the Champion vs Champion men’s single’s match at Survivor Series. Although the significance of a Champion vs Champion match is downplayed in WWE by the Raw vs Smackdown head-to-head combination angle, a Champion vs Champion match is arguably the most important match of the year for either champion.

Survivor Series  Champion vs Champion Match Winners:

  • Brock Lesnar (Men’s Singles) (2017,2018)
  • Ronda Rousey (Women’s Singles) (2018)
  • Charlotte Flair (Women’s Singles) (2017)
  • AOP (Tag Team) (2018)
  • The Usos (Tag Team) (2017)

So far I have been able to update the Wikipedia pages of the Usos and Charlotte Flair to include these statistics.

Controversial Raw vs Smackdown Head-To-Head Scoring

On the Kickoff show, the Smackdown tag-team division defeated the Raw tag-team division in a traditional Survivor Series match. Despite this, WWE continued to play up that Raw swept Smackdown 6-0 in head-to-head competition. Xavier Woods is not pleased with the decision to not include the Kickoff match in with the official scoring.

Charlotte Flair Heel-ish Turn

Charlotte Flair was disqualified in her Champion vs Champion match against Ronda Rousey at Survivor Series. She continued to attack Ronda after the bell with a kendo stick and chair shots. It was seemingly a heel turn for Charlotte but things aren’t so clear in the babyface/heel dynamic in WWE at the moment. In fact, the babyface/heel dynamic has never been in more of a grey area than it is now in WWE, who normally stick with a clear division between the two more than most promotions.

Despite cheering for Rousey for most of the match, the LA crowd turned on her at the end, seemingly in support for Becky. To me, it felt as though the crowd realized Ronda was getting softened up for Becky and that’s when they started to boo Ronda but there were probably many factors at play. The next night on Raw, however, Rousey was cheered again. The next night on Smackdown, however, the woman who severely beat Rousey at Survivor Series, Charlotte Flair, was also cheered.

Storyline Babyface/Heel Dynamic Explanation

For those who require some storyline explanation for the split between babyfaces and heels in wrestling, the following tends to suffice:

  • The reason babyfaces and heels are split up is that there are two locker rooms in the back. The promoters put all the popular wrestlers together in one locker room and the less popular wrestlers in the other. Matches are then selected by always pitting wrestlers from opposing locker rooms. If someone makes a “babyface turn” and becomes more popular, the promoter moves them to the babyface locker room and vice versa.

Granted, big stars will have their own dressing rooms but in general, the top stars will wrestle the other top stars regardless of heel/face dynamic.

Babyface/Heel Dynamic in WWE’s Current Product

Of the 4 big reaction-getters in the women’s divisions right now (Flair, Rousey, Lynch, and Nia) only Nia is a clear heel. Rousey is definitely a face in her actions but her scowl at the LA crowd after her match at Survivor Series may have muddied the waters there a bit. She was definitely all babyface on Raw, however.

Lynch is heel in her actions but babyface in the reactions she gets. Flair is heel in her actions but her comments about “fighting for Becky” tend to garner a babyface reaction.

Daniel Bryan Explains His Heel Turn

Also in heel/face dynamic news, Daniel Bryan gave his explanation for why he resorted to dirty under-handed tactics to defeat AJ Styles for the WWE Championship last week. Bryan talked about having sold out on his dreams 3 years ago when he retired. He talked about meditating in the hyperbolic chamber and “fighting for his dreams”. Bryan then said his dreams took over for him last week and kicked AJ Styles in the balls. Their rematch was also made official for TLC.

Ronda Rousey On Her Worst Day

Rousey has mentioned recently that out of her 17-fight career, she never pulled out or even delayed a fight. That is pretty remarkable when you consider how often fights are canceled or changed nowadays. Rousey mentioned this fact as she said champions defend their titles even on their worst days. After taking by far the biggest beating of her WWE career from Charlotte Flair the night before, Rousey declared she wanted to defend her title that night. Mickey James would answer the call but tap out just over 2 minutes later.

Expiring Contracts

WWE signed 4 guys to 3-year deals in January of 2016. Shinsuke Nakamura, AJ Styles, Karl Anderson, and Luke Gallows all have expiring deals. Styles is said to be negotiating on a new deal as per a report from Fightful. No word on what deals the other 3 might be working on.

Regarding the 3 former Bullet Club members. We put out the following report this week on the formation of the new LLC, All Elite Wrestling:

Becky Lynch and Alexa Bliss Still Out With Concussions, No Timetable For Return

Both Becky Lynch and Alexa Bliss are out with concussions at the moment. There is still no timetable for either of their returns.

Other news:

  • Paige said in an interview with Planeta Wrestling that she would love to be a manager someday.
  • Jake Roberts was on the Joe Rogan podcast this week and told stories and talked with Joe for quite a while.
  • PW Insider reported that WWE has shown interest in ACH.

2. WWE Results

Survivor Series 2018
November 18th, 2018
Staples Center
Los Angeles, CA

  • Universal Champion vs WWE Champion
    Brock Lesnar (c) defeated Daniel Bryan (c)
  • Smackdown vs Raw Women’s Champion
    Charlotte Flair defeated Ronda Rousey (c) via DQ
  • 5-on-5 Raw vs Smackdown Men’s Traditional Survivor Series Match
    Dolph Ziggler, Drew McIntyre, Braun Strowman, Bobby Lashley, Finn Balor (Raw) defeated The Miz, Daniel Bryan, Shane McMahon, Rey Mysterio, Samoa Joe (Smackdown)

    • Drew McIntyre eliminated Samoa Joe
    • Rey Mysterio eliminated Finn Balor
    • Shane McMahon eliminated Dolph Ziggler
    • Braun Strowman eliminated:
      • Jeff Hardy
      • Rey Mysterio
      • The Miz
      • Shane McMahon
    • Survivors: Bobby Lashley, Braun Strowman & Drew McIntyre
  • Cruiserweight Championship
    Buddy Murphy (c) defeated Mustafa Ali
  • Raw Tag Team Champions vs Smackdown Tag Team Champions
    The Authors of Pain (c) defeated The Bar (c)
  • United States Champion vs Intercontinental Champion
    Seth Rollins (c) defeated Shinsuke Nakamura
  • 5-on-5 Raw vs Smackdown Women’s Traditional Survivor Series Match

    Team RAW (Bayley, Mickie James, Nia Jax, Sasha Banks & Tamina) (w/Alexa Bliss) defeated Team SmackDown (Asuka, Carmella, Mandy Rose, Naomi & Sonya Deville) (w/R-Truth)
    • Tamina eliminated Naomi
    • Carmella eliminated Tamina
    • Mandy Rose eliminated Mickie James
    • Bayley eliminated Carmella
    • Sasha Banks eliminated Mandy Rose
    • Bayley & Mandy Rose were counted out
    • Asuka eliminated Sasha Banks
    • Nia Jax eliminated Asuka
    • Sole Survivor: Nia Jax
  • 5-on-5 Raw vs Smackdown Men’s Tag Team Traditional Survivor Series Match

    Team SmackDown (Big E, Epico Colon, Eric Young, Jey Uso, Jimmy Uso, Karl Anderson, Killian Dain, Luke Gallows, Primo Colon & Xavier Woods) (w/Alexander Wolfe & Kofi Kingston) defeated Team RAW (Bobby Roode, Bo Dallas, Chad Gable, Curtis Axel, Dash Wilder, Gran Metalik, Kalisto, Konnor, Lince Dorado, Scott Dawson & Viktor)
    • Karl Anderson & Luke Gallows eliminated Bo Dallas & Curtis Axel
    • Bobby Roode & Chad Gable eliminated Eric Young & Killian Dain
    • Big E & Xavier Woods eliminated Konnor & Viktor
    • Gran Metalik & Lince Dorado eliminated Karl Anderson & Luke Gallows
    • Jey Uso & Jimmy Uso eliminated Gran Metalik & Lince Dorado
    • Big E & Xavier Woods eliminated Bobby Roode & Chad Gable
    • Dash Wilder & Scott Dawson eliminated Big E & Xavier Woods
    • Jey Uso & Jimmy Uso eliminated Dash Wilder & Scott Dawson
    • Survivors: Jey Uso & Jimmy Uso

Monday Night Raw
November 19th, 2018
Staples Center
Los Angeles, CA

Main Event:

  1. Ember Moon defeated Alicia Fox
  2. Apollo Crews defeated Jinder Mahal

Monday Night Raw:

  1. Baron Corbin, Bobby Lashley & Drew McIntyre (w/Lio Rush) vs. Braun Strowman, Elias & Finn Balor – No Contest
    • Drew McIntyre eliminated Finn Balor
    • Elias was counted out
    • The match was then thrown out due to repeated interference
  2. Nia Jax & Tamina defeated Bayley & Sasha Banks
  3. The Lucha House Party (Gran Metalik, Kalisto, Lince Dorado) defeated the Revival (Scott Dawson & Dash Wilder ) (3-on-2 “lucha house party rules”)
  4. WWE Women’s Championship
    Ronda Rousey (c) defeated Mickie James
  5. Chad Gable & Bobby Roode defeated AOP (Akam & Rezar) (non-title match)
  6. Natalya defeated Ruby Riott

Smackdown Live!
November 20th, 2018
Staples Center
Los Angeles, CA

205 Live:

  1. Tony Nese defeated Noam Dar
  2. Brian Kendrick & Akira Tozawa defeated Local Competitors
  3. Gran Metalik defeated TJP

Smackdown:

  1. Charlotte Flair defeated Billie Kay
  2. Charlotte Flair defeated Peyton Royce
  3. Dane and Wayne Bryant defeated the Miz and Shane McMahon
  4. Thanksgiving Feast Fight
    The New Day (Xavier Woods, Kofi Kingston, Big E) defeated the Bar (Cesaro & Sheamus) and the Big Show
  5. Asuka & Naomi defeated Sonya Deville & Mandy Rose
  6. Randy Orton defeated Rey Mysterio

3. Upcoming Matches and Shows

TLC

  • WWE Championship
    Daniel Bryan (c) vs AJ Styles
  • Raw Women’s Championship
    Ronda Rousey (c) vs Nia Jax
  • Baron Corbin vs Braun Strowman

4. Championship Landscape

Universal Championship
Champion: Brock Lesnar
Won: vs Braun Strowman (vacant) at Crown Jewel
Title Defenses: 0
Challengers:

Raw Women’s Championship
Champion: Ronda Rousey
Won: Summerslam 2018 From Alexa Bliss
Title Defenses: 3
Challengers: Alexa Bliss (HIAC), Nikki Bella (Evolution), Mickie James (Raw)

Raw Tag Team Championships
Champions: The Authors of Pain (Akam & Rezar)
Won: from Seth Rollins & Dean Ambrose (Raw – November 5th, 2018)
Title Defenses: 0
Challengers:

Intercontinental Championship
Champion: Seth Rollins
Won: Summerslam 2018 from Dolph Ziggler
Title Defenses: 2
Challengers: Kevin Owens (Raw), Dolph Ziggler (Raw)

Smackdown:

WWE Championship
Champion: Daniel Bryan
Won: Smackdown November 13th, 2018 from AJ Styles
Title Defenses: 0
Challengers:

Smackdown Women’s Championship
Champion: Becky Lynch
Won: HIAC from Charlotte Flair
Title Defenses: 3
Challengers: loss to Charlotte Flair via DQ (Super Show-Down), vs Charlotte Flair double count-out (Smackdown), defeated Charlotte Flair (Last Woman Standing – Evolution)

Smackdown Tag Team Championships
Champions: the Bar
Won: Smackdown October 16tht, 2018 from New Day
Title Defenses: 1
Challengers: New Day (Crown Jewel)

United States Championship
Champion: Shinsuke Nakamura
Won: Extreme Rules 2018 – from Jeff Hardy
Title Defenses: 5
Challengers: loss via DQ to Jeff Hardy (Smackdown), Jeff Hardy (Summerslam), loss via DQ to Jeff Hardy (Smackdown), vs Tye Dillinger – No Contest (Smackdown), defeated Rusev (Crown Jewel Kickoff)

WWE Cruiserweight Championship
Champion: Buddy Murphy
Won: From Cedric Alexander (Super Show-Down)
Title Defenses: 1
Challengers: Mustafa Ali (Survivor Series)

4. Estimated Rankings:

Universal Champion: Brock Lesnar
Intercontinental Champion: Seth Rollins

  1. Braun Strowman
  2. Bobby Lashley
  3. Drew McIntyre
  4. Dolph Ziggler
  5. Elias
  6. Finn Balor
  7. Kurt Angle
  8. Dean Ambrose
  9. Zack Ryder
  10. Apollo Crews
  11. Jinder Mahal
  12. Titus O’Neal
  13. Tyler Breeze
  14. Mojo Rawley
  15. Goldust

Raw Women’s Champion: Ronda Rousey

  1. Nia Jax
  2. Sasha Banks
  3. Bayley
  4. Mickie James
  5. Tamina
  6. Ember Moon
  7. Natalya
  8. Ruby Riott
  9. Dana Brooke
  10. Sarah Logan
  11. Liv Morgan
  12. Alicia Fox

Raw Tag Team Champions: Authors of Pain (Akam & Rezar)

  1. Roode & Gable
  2. The Lucha House Party
  3. The Revival
  4. The Ascension
  5. The B-Team
  6. Heath Slater and Rhyno

Smackdown:

WWE Champion: Daniel Bryan
United States Champion: Shinsuke Nakamura

  1. AJ Styles
  2. The Miz
  3. Randy Orton
  4. Rey Mysterio
  5. Jeff Hardy
  6. Samoa Joe
  7. Shelton Benjamin
  8. Rusev
  9. Andrade “Cien” Almas
  10. R-Truth
  11. Tye Dillinger
  12. Aiden English

Smackdown Women’s Champion: Becky Lynch

  1. Charlotte Flair
  2. Asuka
  3. Sonya Deville
  4. Mandy Rose
  5. Carmella
  6. Naomi
  7. Billie Kay
  8. Peyton Royce

Smackdown Tag Team Champions: The Bar

  1. The Usos
  2. New Day
  3. The Club
  4. Sanity
  5. The Colons
  6. Dane and Wayne Bryant

205 Live:

WWE Cruiserweight Champion: Buddy Murphy

  1. Mustafa Ali
  2. Tony Nese
  3. Cedric Alexander
  4. Drew Gulak
  5. Hideo Itami
  6. Lio Rush
  7. Akira Tozawa
  8. Gran Metalic
  9. Kalisto
  10. TJP
  11. Jack Gallagher
  12. Brian Kendrick
  13. Mike Kannelis
  14. Lince Dorado