Is WWE Turning Nia Jax Babyface After Her Latest Loss?

Is WWE Turning Nia Jax Babyface After Her Latest Loss?
WWE News: Cesaro and Sheamus called out by legendary tag team for EPIC WrestleMania match
Not many people who pay to see SmackDown each Tuesday are interested in sticking around to watch the cruiserweights.

Triple H leading the behind-the-scenes charge, and DRAKE MAVERICK shifting the kayfabe focus to Cruiserweight Classic-esque in-ring competiton which highlights the rosters strengths, has energized the internet fanbase. But even watching at home, its a drag to hear minimal noise from the seats during even the most thrilling sequences of a hot match.

Live reports back up what were seeing and hearing on the stream, too. Heres Pro Wrestling Sheets Ryan Satins view of the Feb. 27 crowd in Los Angeles:

Ronda Rousey makes WWE debut, puts Triple H through a table

And a couple shots sent to 411mania from last nights show in Wisconsin:

Nobody seems to know what the WWE is paying Rousey and its still a little early to call her WWE a run a complete bust, but clearly the WWE had bigger expectations in terms of ratings and buzz for the former UFC fighter. If I was the WWE, Id quickly change course on the Rousey/Stephanie/HHH/Angle storyline, take the focus off Rousey and make it about Stephanie and Angle once having a romantic connection—an angle that was once a big hit with loyal WWE fans and was then quickly dropped with with no conclusion for no apparent reason.

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Keeping a couple big SmackDown Superstars in reserve for an end-of-night appearance arent convincing many fans to stick around, and even some of the ones who do remain arent that into the cruiserweight scene. Even a performer who is uber-over with live crowds like Rusev (who worked a Fastlane-preview dark match with Shinsuke Nakamura in Green Bay) couldnt prevent a few sporadic, loud BORING chants from starting up during the Drew Gulak/Mark Andrews contest which opened the Mar. 6 episode of 205 Live.

After making her debut at the Royal Rumble on Jan. 29, Rousey did not appear on Monday Night Raw until Feb. 26. She appeared in the third hour of the show to establish her feud with Stephanie McMahon and HHH, which set up  a tag team match at WrestleMania with Kurt Angle as Rouseys partner. The hourly ratings for that edition of were:

The other big issue which hounds the purple brand is the reputation its built up over its 18 month life span as a cursed effort doomed to remain an undercard purgatory for smaller wrestlers. A hot crowd would go a long way to dispel that image. But its not clear 205 Live will ever take place in front of a packed house full of enthusiastic fans under the current model.

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WWE News: Cesaro and Sheamus called out by legendary tag team for EPIC WrestleMania match
WWE News: Cesaro and Sheamus called out by legendary tag team for EPIC WrestleMania match

I dont know what the cost of taping in NXTs home venues of Full Sail or Center Stage would run, and I realize it might run counter to the long-term plan of making the cruiserweights a touring brand of their own. But working half-empty arenas in front of semi-interested crowds isnt going to make that vision a reality, either.

Adding, “Seriously. Thats absolutely disrespectful. We were wrestling for the Tag Team Championships, and you want to play with a beach ball? Get the hell out of here. Go. Leave the arena, and dont come back. I think every person that brings a beach ball into a WWE arena should get ejected for life.”

WWE needs to figure out how to get worn-out SmackDown crowds invested in 205 Live, or put 205 Live in front of something other than worn-out SmackDown crowds.

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Ronda Rousey makes WWE debut, puts Triple H through a table
Ronda Rousey makes WWE debut, puts Triple H through a table

The legendary tag team responded to The Bar’s WrestleMania open challenge for the RAW Tag Team titles on Twitter.

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WWE Superstar Cesaro on his brotherhood with Sheamus and white-hot hatred of beach balls

Champions Cesaro and Sheamus have been dominating the tag team division on the red brand ever since joining forces in 2016 as they beat the likes of The New Day, The Hardy Boyz, Shield stars Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose and more.

Cesaro: First of all, nothing happens overnight. Everyone thinks you become successful overnight or you get good overnight, but that does not happen. Its always a long road. I came to the WWE after a long time on the independents, traveling and wrestling all over the world for 12 years. Ive been in WWE for six years now. For some people, that success happens fast, but for some people, it doesnt. It takes a while. You just have to be consistent and work hard. And you have to believe in yourself.

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Having defeated all teams before them, ex-WWE Champion Sheamus took to Twitter an laid out an open invitation for any team to step up and challenge for the titles ahead of the Showcase of the Immortals.

Cesaro: Its pretty heated. And pretty personal as well. We faced Seth Rollins and somebody all over the world. Theres a lot of pride on the line, along with the Tag Team Championships. Plus, thats two-thirds of the Shield, so thats going to be tough match for anyone. Its always heated, but that means its always a world-class match. Thats about as good as it gets, right there. Beach ball rage! WWE

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He said: “Who will Step Up To #TheBar at #WrestleMania34? The Greatest Tag Team on Earth has NO worthy opponents on The Grandest Stage of Them All. This is an Open Invitation… #StepUpToTheBar.”

An obvious problem remains, though: at the moment, there simply arent enough recognised teams on 205 Live to make a tag division worth watching. To remedy this, officials will need to step up their indie recruitment drive, start throwing teams together from the existing roster, and perhaps even draft in some of the main brand teams.
Ronda Rousey officially becomes a WWE superstar
Ronda Rousey officially becomes a WWE superstar

The Young Bucks took the chance to fuel speculation when Nick Jackson, one half of the star tag team, said he and his brother Matt will be available for a fight on April 8 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

On the other hand, that Drake Mavericks show is haemorrhaging both viewers online and live attendees is an open secret. If WWEs aim here is to get fans invested in the overall product, beyond merely the two wrestlers who make it to pay-per-view each month, then there are worse things they could try.

Jackson tweeted: “We happen to have that date open…”

That is a match every WWE fan wishes to see but it will be pretty hard for management to actually put this together.

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The Young Bucks are scheduled to appear for Ring of Honor the day before Mania.

The Hardy Boyz were also competing the day before WrestleMania 33 last year and still made a shock return in Orlando, Florida where they won the RAW Tag Team titles in a Fatal-4-Way Tag Team Ladder match.

But the chances of the tag team stars emulating Matt and Jeff Hardy are quite low as they are both signed to ROH and New Japan Pro-Wrestling.

According to PWInsider, The Bar will be challenged by two singles stars who will join forces in the next coming weeks.

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