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The Squared Circle Psychobabble is a wrestling podcast which covers the latest news and rumors in All Elite Wrestling and WWE.

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Recently on a Lance Storm podcast, he responded to Dave Meltzer claim that it is the best time to be wrestling fans because of all the great matches we are seeing in WWE, New Japan Pro Wrestling, Ring of Honor and other promotions all over the world.

Storm said that Meltzer has "lost perspective" and it shouldn't be a math equation.

Ralph and Michael discuss the podcast episode and talk about what makes a great wrestling match to them.

Lance Storm's Podcast Segment: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b-za4ZqDMcI

00:28 - Lance Storm Dave Meltzer Podcast Explanation
02:00 - What Makes a Great Wrestling Match (Rock vs Hogan, Austin vs Bret Hart, HBK vs Undertaker)
08:38 - Being a character in wrestling (Braun Strowman, Elias, Becky Lynch)
11:46 - Kicking Out of Finishers to Build a Wrestling Match
13:00 - Best Era of Wrestling (Attitude Era or Golden Era)
17:17 - What Wrestling Fans Want in a Great Wrestling Match
18:26 - NXT Guys Transitioning to the Main Roster (Ricochet, Adam Cole, Tomasso Ciampa, Johnny Gargano

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All Elite Wrestling Is Happening!

But Can It Compete with WWE?

Trademarks have been submitted by All Elite Wrestling, LLC. The trademarks include All In Double or Nothing, AEW Dynamite Tuesdays, All Elite Wrestling. The address for All Elite Wrestling, LLC is also the address of the Jacksonville Jaguars facility. So it looks like the rumor that we heard a little over a month ago about Cody Rhodes, The Young Bucks and the rest of the Elite will be involved in a new wrestling promotion. Can All Elite Wrestling Compete with WWE? Ralph and Michael discuss that in this episode.

 

Earlier Discussion on the Rumored New Promotion - https://youtu.be/i6E_g5lmrQM

Timestamps
03:01 - Which Free Agent Can Make the Most Impact in AEW?
08:37 - TV Deal Possibilities
11:38 - TV Production Value
13:01 - Possible Backstage Politics
19:42 - Who has to be at All In Double or Nothing? (Could be CM Punk)

 

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Brock Lesnar vs Seth Rollins & The Miz vs Shane McMahon

Two Rumored Wrestlemania Matches

In this week's shoot or work episode, Ralph and Michael talk about two rumored matches for Wrestlemania 35. One is Seth Rollins Vs Brock Lesnar and the other is The Miz vs Shane McMahon.

00:40 - Brock Lesnar Vs Seth Rollins
03:06 - Using Roman Reigns Leukemia for Storyline
04:43 - What To Do With Dean Ambrose?
07:03 - The Miz vs Shane McMahon
10:17 - Setting Up the Wrestlemania 35 Match Card

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Is The Rumored Lynch Vs Rousey Wrestlemania 35 Main Event A Work?

In this week's Shoot or Work episode, Ralph and Michael discuss the possible Wrestlemania 35 Main Event of Becky Lynch vs Ronda Rousey. The rumor is for The Man to the Rowdy one as the Main Event of Wrestlemania 35, but someone thinks it's a work. Is Becky Lynch vs Ronda Rousey as the Main Event of Wrestlemania 35 a work?

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Daniel Bryan Heel Turn: Good or Bad Idea?

In this week's Swerve Me Wrong episode, we discuss whether or not Daniel Bryan's heel turn is a good idea or a bad idea. Ralph believe it is a bad idea while Michael believes it is a good idea.

On the November 13, 2018 episode of Smackdown, Bryan defeated AJ Styles to become the WWE Champion for the 4th time in his career. After the match, he assaulted Styles and turned heel. 

Why Ralph thinks it is a bad idea:

  • The timing is off. This basically throws away a match that could have had a lot of build between Bryan and WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar. 
  • His character is better as a babyface. Daniel Bryan is the underdog. Turning heel just ruins that.
  • By losing the Lesnar, the title win becomes lackluster and would have been bigger had Styles beat Lesnar at Survivor Series before Daniel Bryan won the title.

Why Michael thinks it is a good idea:

  • He instantly becomes the top heel on Smackdown, where there is no "top heel"
  • It sets up the match everybody wanted for a bigger stage. AJ Styles vs. Brock Lesnar can now happen at Wrestlemania
  • It also sets up an interesting role reversal where Bryan becomes the heel and The Miz becomes the face for a match they can have at Wrestlemania
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NXT TakeOver War Games 2 Reactions

Matt Riddle vs Kassius Ohno
Shayna Baszler vs Kairi Sane (2 out of 3 falls) NXT Women's Championship
Aleister Black vs Johnny Gargano
Tomasso Ciampa vs Velveteen Dream NXT Championship
Ricochet, Pete Dunne and War Raiders vs Undisputed Era (Adam Cole, Kyle O'Reilly, Roderick Strong and Bobby Fish) (War Games Match)

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Michael makes his predictions on the one night of the year where Raw and Smackdown go head to head in direct competition.

10 Things That Should Happen at Survivor Series 2018: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dVPnGqE2MW4

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01:03 - Tag Team Survivor Series Match
02:20 - Buddy Murphy vs Mustafa Ali (Cruiserweight Championship)
03:35 - AOP (Raw Tag Team Champions) vs The Bar (Smackdown Live Tag Team Champions)
04:24 - Seth Rollins (Intercontinental Champion) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura (United States Champion)
05:36 - Brock Lesnar (Universal Champion) vs. Daniel Bryan (WWE Champion)
09:01 - Women's Survivor Series Match
11:03 - Men's Survivor Series Match
13:07 - Ronda Rousey (Raw Women's Champion) vs. Charlotte Flair (replacing Smackdown Live Women's Champion Becky Lynch)

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10 Things that Should Happen at Survivor Series

WWE’s Thanksgiving tradition since 1987 is this Sunday at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Now, the build to it may not be the best given that it really had two weeks with Evolution and Crown Jewel just happening and all the last minute changes, but the one night of the year where Raw and Smackdown go head to head in direct competition could be one of the most memorable PPV’s of the year for WWE with matches like AOP vs the Bar, Rollins vs Nakamura, the dream match of Daniel Bryan vs Brock Lesnar and What many thought would be the Wrestlemania Main Event in Charlotte Flair vs Ronda Rousey. The great thing is so many things can happen and should happen from this show. My name is Michael Valente from Squared Circle Psychobabble and these are the 10 things that should happen at Survivor Series 2018.

 

 

  1. Raw wins Tag Team Survivor Series match (01:00)

The Raw tag team division has been completely buried for the better part of 2018. Since Wrestlemania, where Braun Strowman beat the Bar with the help of a 10 year old, the Raw tag team division, has been pretty much like the Divas division of 2014. No relevant storylines, No big title matches. Heck, the tag team titles were kind of taken hostage due to the Shield vs Dogs of War storyline earlier this year. Now that the AOP are Raw tag team champions, now is the time to build possible contenders. What better way to do that then have the Raw Tag Teams beating a much stronger Smackdown tag team division in the pre-show match

  1. The Revival Should Have the Last Elimination (01:41)

Now, I’m saying they have to be the sole surviving tag team, but they can not get eliminated at they are best tag team Raw currently has besides AOP. If any Raw tag team has had some build this year, they are definitely one of them. They beat Roman Reigns this year on multiple occasions and gave a hell of a challenge to Drew McIntyre and Dolph Ziggler. Of course, that gets forgotten when things like jobbing to the Lucha House Party recently on Raw and losing the B-Team at Summerslam. Getting the last elimination against the Usos or The New Day can instantly boost their stature as top contenders for the AOP.

  1. The Cruiserweight Championship Match On the Main Show (02:20)

At the time of this recording, the Raw Tag Team Survivor Series match is the only one slated for the pre-show. However, Card Subject to change. Buddy Murphy vs Cedric Alexander was one of, if not, the best match at Super Showdown, but the only reason that made the main show was Murphy was the hometown guy being from Melbourne. Now, WWE has a chance to show many fans what they could be potentially missing when watching 205 Live on the WWE Network when Murphy squares off against Mustafa Ali. If you haven’t watched their no-disqualification match on 205 Live in July, I recommend watching that before Sunday. This would be a great match to open the show.

 

  1. AOP Beats The Bar (03:04)

For the same reasons I talked about earlier, AOP needs to pick up the match between tag team champions against Sheamus and Cesaro. AOP have looked the strongest among tag teams on Raw and this is their first real test on the main roster. Sheamus and Cesaro is a nice pairing for AOP’s first PPV match on the main roster and it is sure going to be a great match if given the time. The only issue is that Big Show will be in the Bar’s corner and this makes me believe somehow outside interference will help give the win to team blue.

 

  1. Dean Ambrose causes Seth Rollins the Victory (03:39)

There really has been no build to the actual match between Intercontinental Champion and United States Champion Shinsuke Nakamura. The story that has been told on Raw is the recent heel turn by Ambrose the night Roman Reigns announced he would need to vacate the Universal title to battle Leukemia for a second time. Rollins has been trying get a reason out of Ambrose, which we sort of got on the go-home show Monday night. Other the hand, Nakamura hasn’t had a real storyline since winning the US title from Jeff Hardy in seconds at Extreme Rules. WWE will most likely find a way to further the storyline of Rollins and Ambrose by having the Lunatic Fringe come out to distract the Architect before being low blowed by the King of Strong Style and win with a Kinshasa.  

  1. Nia Jax and Tamina are the sole survivors in the Women’s Survivor Series match (04:25)

Tamina and Nia Jax were recently paired together on Raw currently feuding with Ember Moon, but Nia Jax is currently the #1 contender to Ronda Rousey which will most likely happen at TLC. The two are most likely going to be built as unstoppable forces in the Women’s division and if and when the women’s tag team division happens in WWE. By becoming sole survivors, they would be beating a team that consists of the long-time undefeated Asuka, and former women’s champions Carmella, Naomi and Charlotte Flair. You can have Flair give a great effort in a 2-on-1 situation but come up just short to further her story of all-of-the-sudden losing her confidence since losing to Becky Lynch at Evolution and build the stock of Jax being a threat to Rousey for their match at TLC.

 

 

  1. Drew McIntyre Squashes Team Smackdown (05:00)

On Monday's episode, we talked about how Drew McIntyre is set for a Big Push. What better way to push the Scottish Psychopath than by having him just completely squash team Smackdown including Shane McMahon who “stole” the world cup and being declared “best in the world”. This would avenge Dolph Ziggler’s loss who should have won the tournament at Crown Jewel. By also eliminating Jeff Hardy and Rey Mysterio, McIntyre would look incredibly strong in this match and can argue he should have first shot at Lesnar for the Universal Championship

 

  1. The Miz turns on Team Smackdown (05:40)

One person who shouldn’t be a victim of McIntyre’s one-sided victory is The Miz. Let us not forget it was his “injury” at Crown Jewel that lead to Shane inserting himself in the finals match of the World Cup Tournament. Something that The Miz pointed out and claiming he is really ⅔’s of the best in the world. A turn on Shane and getting himself counted out would lead to a rumored babyface turn. This would protect the A-Lister as he could be winning the Royal Rumble and challenging Bryan at Wrestlemania.

 

 

  1. Brock Lesnar Wins (06:12)

Now I am going to get a lot of backlash for this one, but hear me out. As much we do not like Brock Lesnar because he only shows up when he wants to and his matches aren’t good because he has only two moves, the possibility of the Beast Incarnate fighting in UFC again is a huge marketing opportunity that Vince obviously sees. He wants Lesnar to look strong going into that fight, most likely against Daniel Cormier. What better way to have him look strong and have WWE seen in front of UFC fans than by having him walk into the octagon with the Universal championship. We talked about it last week on the podcast which you watch or listen with the link in the description. Yes, Daniel Bryan just became WWE Champion on Smackdown Live dethroning AJ Styles after 371 days, but the short turnaround would be the reason Bryan loses.

  1. Sasha Banks and Bayley Interfere (07:00)

It’s a shame what happened to Becky Lynch on Raw this week. Getting punched stiff by Nia Jax and suffering a broken nose and severe concussion forcing her out of Survivor Series. WWE did a very creative thing in having her handpicked Charlotte as the replacement. Some may question why Becky would hug her biggest rival of three months, but this genuine moments is where the seeds get planted. Many thought the match we are now getting at Survivor Series would be the main event of Wrestlemania 35. So where does WWE go from here? Do you let Ronda win or can Charlotte break two undefeated streaks in one year? If so, how do you protect Rousey? Enter the Hug N Boss Connection. Banks and Bayley have no match at Survivor Series as they were notpicked by Alexa Bliss to be on Team Raw in the Women’s Survivor Series Match. So, instead they turn on Raw and join forces with Flair in help her get the victory. Not only will this create a short term story for Bayley and Banks going Benedict Arnold on Raw, but will plant the seed for the new Wrestlemania Marquee Match; The Four Horsewomen of Flair, Lynch, Banks and Bayley and The Four Horsewomen of Rousey, Shayna Baszler, Jessiman Duke and Marina Shafir.

 

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Shoot or Work WWE News and Rumors

One of the best parts of being a wrestling fan is to discuss the news and rumors circulating in WWE and other promotions in the world. This week we talk about Drew McIntyre, Braun Strowman and WWE possibly signing two of the "best workers in the business."

 Drew McIntyre set for a Big Push

Big Push for Drew McIntyre

Recently, WrestleVotes followed up with a tweet in May stating that the Scottish Psychopath was set for a big push upon his return with WWE. It looks like 2019 is going to be a big year for McIntyre. Mark Henry recently said in an interview that he will be Universal Champion "fairly soon". He even has the support of fans. We recently tweeted a possible final four for this upcoming Royal Rumble which included McIntyre, Braun Strowman, Daniel Bryan and Samoa Joe. An overwhelming amount of people said it would be McIntyre, or should be he that wins and dethrones Brock Lesnar as Universal Champion at Wrestlemania.

 

Braun Strowman Working Injured and Having Backstage Heat

Multiple rumors are going around for Braun Strowman recently after his loss to Lesnar at WWE Crown Jewel. [Listen to our episode on Crown Jewel]. Now people are starting to suspect that this is due to multiple reasons. The first being reported is that Strowman's knees are shot. This was first reported by Wrestling Observer Radio

PW Insider is also reporting that Strowman has some backstage heat for coming to shows late and leaving early. It is noted that "Braun is his own worst enemy," right now. 

WWE Trying to Sign "Two of the Best Workers in the Business"

According to Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, WWE is getting ready for their January class of signing and it may include "two of the best workers in the business. The plan right now is that medical examinations are starting mid-November with the intention that they will sign in January. However, due to contractual obligations, they are not currently available for January 2019. While it is still very vague one person we know it will not be is Tetsuya Naito who rejected an offer. Young Bucks and Cody's contract will be up in January so it can't be them. Are they talking about Kenny Omega? Could it be Chris Jericho? Maybe it's Will Ospreay or the recently departed Neville?

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NXT TakeOver War Games Predictions

Ralph and Michael make their predictions for NXT TakeOver War Games happening Saturday, November 17th on the WWE Network.

 

Four matches are on the card including:

Shayna Baszler vs. Kairi Saine

2 out of 3 Falls Match for the NXT Women's Championship

Ralph's Pick: Shayna Baszler

I don't see them playing 'Hot Potato' with the NXT Women's Title. I think the two members of the Four Horsewomen (Marina Shafir and Jessiman Duke) that they introduced at WWE Evolution will play a role in the win.

Michael's Pick: Shayna Baszler

The story they are telling is that Kairi Saine has won 2 of their 3 encounters. She won the Mae Young Class Final last year and the NXT Women's Championship at NXT TakeOver Brooklyn 4 before losing to Baszler at WWE Evolution. The score right now is 2-1 in favor of Saine. With Baszler winning, she will in the best of 5 series 3-2 and retain the championship. Shayna will most likely hold it until she drops it before going to the main roster.

Aleister Black vs. Johnny Gargano

Ralph's Pick: Johnny Gargano

Gargano is going to win in some chicken shit heel fashion. Eventually Black will win a rematch and get his retribution further down the line.

Michael's Pick: Aleister Black

This is a short-term feud. Gargano will go on to eventually face Tommaso Ciampa Wrestlemania weekend for the NXT Championship. This is going to be Black's last match in NXT in my opinion. There hasn't been any big call ups this year except for Wrestlemania weekend. I think now is the time for someone to come up. I think Black is that guy after finishing this feud with Gargano.

Tomasso Ciampa vs. Velveteen Dream

NXT Championship

Ralph's Pick: Tomasso Ciampa

The fans are going to be hot for the Dream and they're going to want to see a title change, but if they do in fact put the belt on him it's not going to be here.

Michael's Pick: Tomasso Ciampa

As mentioned already, the story down the line is the pay-off of Gargano vs. Ciampa in Brooklyn Wrestlemania weekend. Velveteen Dream could be the one that gets called up next, but I think before he does he needs to string some TakeOver wins which he hasn't done yet. He still has another year that happens I think.

Undisputed Era vs. Pete Dunne, Ricochet and the War Raiders

War Games Match

Ralph's Pick: Pete Dunne, Ricochet and the War Raiders

I don't really see a heels sweep for a pay per view. This is going to be a great match, but

Michael's Pick: Undisputed Era

As I already mentioned, there will be a call up this week. I think Black, but this may be the time for the Undisputed Era.

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